Torfaen Council has three new gritters to help deal with winter weather. They replace older, more unreliable gritters that have become costly to maintain. The council has a total of seven large gritters and two smaller ones.
Three new snow blades, which can be fitted to the ride-on mowers, will also help clear pedestrianised areas of any snow and ice.
These new vehicles will help us keep Torfaen moving regardless of the weather. Our winter maintenance teams are extremely dedicated and are once again preparing for what could be another difficult winter.
There has already been seven gritting actions in the last two weeks, with many more predicted over the next few months. However, we are fully prepared. We have 4,000 tonnes of salt in our barns, plus a reserve stock of 2,000 tonnes in a shared regional barn in Ebbw Vale.
Pensioners in the Rhondda are being given containers of special salt to sprinkle over their paths and driveways during icy conditions.
The 'Shake The Salt' project, by the Rhondda 50+ forum and the Rhondda Rotary Club aims to make senior citizens feel less isolated as temperatures tumble.
The hope is to give out similar products for free to thousands of others who struggle to tackle steep paths and outdoor stairwells.
David Lewis, chairman of the Rhondda 50+ Forum said: "We know that not only do people slip on icy steps and break bones; the fear of slipping on icy paths keeps older people isolated at home during the winter."
So far, almost 200 containers of salt have been distributed to households.
A debate will be held in the Senedd later on how to prepare the Welsh Health Service for another busy winter.
Last week David Sissling, the Chief Executive, revealed to the Public Accounts Committee that the service was only just catching up with the backlog of cancelled operations caused by last winter's surge in demand.
In October, Hywel Dda Health Board outlined plans to stop some non-urgent operations over winter months.