The county council’s 23 gritting vehicles are due to take to the roads from 7pm this evening as clear skies allow road surface temperatures to fall below freezing, allowing icy patches to form.
Its teams were out over the weekend, completing runs on all main routes on Friday and Saturday nights and going out twice on Sunday – covering an initial run on main routes followed by snow routes between 6.15pm and 11.30pm.
This was followed by a second run on main routes between 2.30am and 5am this morning.
The council currently has 12,466 tonnes of salt stored in its four grit barns and says it is in a strong position to deal with the worst winter conditions.
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Each time the gritting crews go out they salt, in total, 1,120 miles of A and B roads as well as major bus routes – one third of the county’s entire road network and equivalent to driving from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
The council is also responsible for around 1,300 yellow grit bins which are positioned at sites exposed and severely affected by winter weather.
These bins are kept topped up during the gritting season and are for use on roads and pavements – not private driveways.