Gritters on stand-by in Gloucestershire
Gritters have been put on alert by Gloucestershire County Council's from this weekend.
The 33-strong team will be available around the clock from tonight should temperatures drop.
Test runs have been carried out around the county so the teams are fully prepared and up to speed with the routes.
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.
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At the moment here are no plans for the gritters to go out as the current milder weather is expected to remain.
In a typical season the council carries out between 50 and 60 salt runs, covering 1,000 miles of road – though during severe winters the number of runs can double or even treble.
It has more than 100 salt hand-spreaders and 5,500 bags of salt ready for parish and town councils to use on more rural routes.
And it is re-filling grit bins in rural or problem areas, like steep hills or bends, for local people to treat the roads and pavements themselves.
A team of parish snow plough operators and snow wardens are also available to help us deal with clearing snow off local roads.
Cllr Will Windsor Clive, cabinet member responsible for roads, said: "We are prepared for winter and ready to go out and treat the roads if cold weather hits.
"Gloucestershire County Council will do everything in its power to keep the county moving in bad weather.
"However, the public also has a part to play and people are encouraged to help themselves wherever they can by driving safely and looking out for their neighbours if the weather turns cold."
Updates will be posted on Twitter via @GlosHighways and @GlosCC. Twitter users can use the hashtag #grittertwitter for the very latest on the highway winter response.