Snow forecast prompts grit teams on alert

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Gritting teams from Nottinghamshire County Council are preparing for the return of colder weather – with forecasters predicting snow in the next few days.

Weather is expected to turn colder, with the possibility of scattered wintry showers over high ground, from midday tomorrow (Wednesday).

Wednesday into Thursday is forecast to be very cold and windy with scattered sleet and snow showers, with the likelihood of some settling.

Thursday is set to be very cold with further showers, heavy at times, which will fall as sleet or snow.

The weather warning comes just a week after Mansfield and Ashfield were blanketed with snow.

The council’s 23 gritting vehicles have been out most nights so far this year, the latest run being last night (Monday) when they salted all main routes between 7pm and 12 am.

Standby drivers have been put on alert on Wednesday for daytime salting – all depending on updated forecasts as the day progresses.

Current The outlook for Friday and Saturday is cold and unsettled with more snow forecast.

Each time the council carries out a gritting run – which can take up to four hours depending on conditions - it uses around 250 tonnes of rock salt.

People are being advised to allow extra time to clear their cars of snow and to drive carefully during the wintry conditions.

Residents can get up-to-date information about the Council’s services during severe weather by visiting www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk, or following @nottscc on Twitter.