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Dealing with severe winter weather a "top priority" says council

Dealing with severe winter weather a "top priority" says council

Published by Lisa Darvill at 10:22am 25th February 2020.

North Yorkshire County Council says dealing with severe winter weather is a "top priority". 

It's after snow caused chaos on the county's roads yesterday.

With more wintry weather forecast this week, the authority is urging drivers to take extra care. 

North Yorkshire County Council says gritters treated priority routes on Sunday evening, in the early hours of Monday morning and again immediately after it began snowing.

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Snow caused problems on many roads, including the A61

 

It adds salting and ploughing also continued throughout the snow with additional support from farming contractors.

Nigel Smith, Head of Highways Operations, said:

"We use the latest weather forecasting technology in planning our gritting operations, so were alert to the snowfall that was predicted to come last night and this morning.

"Our gritters were on the roads treating priority routes yesterday (Sunday) evening. After snow began to fall, our gritters were back out immediately to carry out further treatments, including ploughing where appropriate. We rely on traffic driving over a gritted road to grind the salt and activate it. Salt alone does not melt snow and ice."

The county has a fleet of 86 gritters supported by 107 farm contractors.

Nigel added:

"With the recent heavy rain and further showers to come, plus snow-melt, there is the potential for standing water and run-off on roads.

"Temperatures are forecast to fall below zero in many areas of the county on most days this coming week, so there is a risk of frost, ice and further wintry showers. Therefore, we urge drivers to take extra care."

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said:

“Dealing with severe winter weather like this on our extensive road network is a top priority for us. It matters to everyone who lives and works in the county. Our first priority is the major routes that connect or pass through the county’s towns. We clear these before moving on to our second level of priority routes, those that give access to smaller communities.

“While we do all we can to help traffic to keep moving during winter weather, it is important for drivers to drive with caution.”