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Gritting teams prepare for freezing temperatures

Gritting teams across Leicester are preparing for winter as temperatures across the region are set to drop.

Snow, sleet and freezing temperatures are forecast by the middle of the week.

A car covered in snow last winter Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Leicester City Council has over 2,700 tonnes of rock salt in stock. This amount is said to last for around 100 gritting runs or about 15 days of heavy snow. The council has six gritting lorries.

A gritter takes on the snow Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby said: "Our specialist gritting teams will be paying close attention to the weather forecast over the coming days to ensure they are ready to go out at a moment's notice."

"Any snowy weather inevitably causes traffic disruption, but the hard work of the gritting teams really does help keep the city's traffic moving whatever the weather."