Snow: flurries stop but ice warnings remain in Gloucestershire
GRITTERS will continue to treat icy-roads this week, despite a respite forecast in heavy snowfall seen across the county this week.
Weather forecasts suggest Gloucestershire is now past the worst of the snowfall, with tomorrow expected to be dry in most areas and only a light band of wintry weather anticipated on Friday.
This seasonal weather is expected to be replaced by windy, wet weather at the weekend, but with the chance of further snow greatly reduced.
All key routes in the county are open and passable with care.
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Due to extra snowfall overnight, there is still a risk of snow patches and slush on higher ground.
John Kay, Area Highways Manager, said: "We believe we are now past the worst of the bad weather this week, which should give us the time to tackle some of the minor roads in the county, though key routes will still be the priority.
"As the road network returns to normality, we would urge people to still be prepared for further potentially icy conditions that could affect their journeys." With the current low temperatures, Highways teams warn icy patches are likely on minor roads, but it is anticipated teams will be able to get out and treat some of these areas in the next couple of days.
Snow plough operators continue to be active in areas across the county.
While Highways are tackling priority roads, residents are asked to remember that limited grit stocks exist in parish and town bins across Gloucestershire. Communities are encouraged to contact parish and town councils as bags of salt have been stockpiled throughout the summer, so surplus supplies may be available to treat footways and replenish bins.
Vulnerable residents are also warned to take care when walking on pavements in rural areas.
Tips on driving in icy conditions and keeping you and your neighbours warm and well during the wintry period can be found at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter.
Traffic information can also be found on the Highways Agency website here: http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/. Follow @GlosHighways, @GlosCC, @GlosFire and @Glos_Police on Twitter for updates. For the latest Met Office updates, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk.