WITH some forecasters predicting another week of freezing temperatures – and the possible return of snow – Nottinghamshire County Council’s gritting teams are keeping a close eye on the weather for the coming weekend.
The council’s 23 gritting vehicles were out on Wednesday night and will be on Thursday night as temperatures plunge.
The gritters covered all A and B roads and main bus routes in a journey that takes them around three or four hours to complete.
Thursday night will mark the 86th day that the council has gritted since 26th October last year – the first time the teams were sent out this season.
However, the actual number of times they’ve been out gritting is much higher than that, due to days on which they were sent out more than once.
On 14th January for example, the teams went out five times in the space of 24 hours following heavy snowfall.
Since gritting started in October, the county council has worked its way through 18,000 tonnes of salt. Supplies are constantly being replenished and stocks across the council’s highways depots currently stand at 12,000 tonnes.