Gritters prepared for cold snap

Name the gritters for Lincolnshire County Council. EMN-181130-095817001
Name the gritters for Lincolnshire County Council. EMN-181130-095817001

With very cold temperatures expected across the county tonight (Friday) and over the weekend, the council’s gritting team are ready for action.

The current weather forecast shows there is the potential for icy conditions overnight, followed by freezing rain, and possibly even some snow over higher ground, on Saturday afternoon and into the evening.

County Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, said: “It’s never easy to predict the weather, but it looks like we could be in for some nasty conditions this weekend.

“As always, our winter maintenance team is monitoring around the clock, with our gritters on call 24/7 ready to hit the road whenever needed.

“Freezing rain can be a real problem, as it washes away the salt, meaning the roads can become icy while the team are out re-gritting.

“That means even treated routes may be hazardous, so please do take care when out on the roads.”

The gritters treat almost 2,000 miles of the county’s network, including all A and B roads. They also ensure there is treated link to all the main villages, schools and hospitals where possible.

The council has also invited people to share suggestions to name four of the its newest gritter lorries on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #WittyGritty . The deadline for names closed at midday today.

For more on the county council’s gritting operations, including a map of gritting routes, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/weatherready. For the latest news from the gritting team, follow @Lincs_Roads on Twitter.