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Gritters out in Gloucestershire

The clocks go back at midnight but it seems winder weather is already on the way.

Gloucestershire County Council sent its team of team of gritters out around the county last night for the first time this season.

Forecasters are predicting very cold spells throughout the weekend with the possibility of ice, especially on higher ground.

While the weather isn’t expected to be severe, the council has taken the decision to send the gritters out as a precaution.

We don’t want people to worry – we are well prepared for the season and the weather isn’t expected to be too bad this weekend, however we are expecting temperatures on the roads below zero overnight so we’re gritting to be safe.

There is the chance of ice on the roads, especially overnight and during the early morning and particularly on higher ground so people should take care if they’re out and about.

– Jason Humm, Gloucestershire County Council

This year, Gloucestershire County Council is starting the winter with just over 11,000 tonnes of salt following the opening of two new salt domes in Stroudwater and Cannop last year.

In a typical season they carry out between 50 and 60 salt runs, covering 1,100 miles of road – though during severe winters the number of runs can double

Gritting lorry prepares to take to the roads Credit: PA/ Chris Radburn

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