We seem to be having all four seasons at once this week - but Cumbria County Council's highways department says it's well prepared for winter.
Salt and grit stocks are ready for treating the roads - and this year the council is trialling new computer equipment that controls the gritting operation from an office. Fiona Marley Paterson reports.
As the weather gets colder, and roads more slippery, Cumbria County Council has announced its gritters are ready for action.
Over the next few months they will be out on the county's roads, trying to make them safer for drivers.
It's a difficult task, and they will be treating areas of road equivalent to the distance between Penrith and Barcelona:
The council says Priority One routes, including many of the county's main roads, are treated in fewer than three hours in freezing conditions.
Priority Two roads, including A, B and C roads, will be treated in five hours.
Cumbria County Council has launched a Twitter service so people can keep track of gritting plans during the winter months. They've also introduced a new online map which is updated daily showing which routes the fleet of gritters intend to treat.
Twitter users can find it through Cumbria County Council's Twitter account at @CumbriaCC The interactive map can be viewed on the council's website
Councillor Tony Markley has told ITV Border that he is confident the new fleet will help keep the county moving when the bad winter weather arrives.