Gritters on standby ahead of snow warnings

By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 27 February 2014 Updated: 27/02 15:55

GRITTERS are on standby after warnings of snow overnight.

Teams from Worcestershire County Council will go out to salt or plough roads across the county if needed, with snow predicted to affect parts of the county tonight and into Friday morning.

The MET office has issued a yellow warning for the potential for some snow, mainly affecting higher ground which could coincide with the commute to work. Any snow that does fall should become slushy relatively quickly before turning to rain by tomorrow lunchtime,

Residents are being warned to remember even on pre-treated roads, salting will not stop snow from settling and sleet, hail and rain can cause problems with the salt being washed off the road.

It will also not prevent the formation of black ice when rain falls on sub-zero roads.

Jon Fraser, council customer and community manager, said: "We would always encourage people not to travel in really bad weather if their journey is not essential but, if they have to travel, they need to make sure that they check the forecasts before they set out.

"However drivers should never assume that a road has been treated and therefore should always drive with care and in accordance with the road and weather conditions."

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