Temperatures to plummet with gritters deployed for first time this year

Herts County Council has confirmed gritters will be out in force with temperatures set to drop below zero tonight (Friday).

Officials say hoar frost – where frozen water vapour freezes on vegetation – is expected before dawn and gritters will be deployed for the first time this year.

HCC Highways say: “With road temperatures expected to drop below zero, with frost overnight, our gritters will be out from 7pm for the first run of the season.”

The county council has a fleet of 58 gritters – with crews having been on ‘stand-by’ since October 1.

Over the winter season, they treat more than 1,500 miles of roads – which is almost half of the county’ road network. And crews are on standby 24 hours a day – until April.

The county council sends gritters out onto the road network whenever road surface temperatures are forecast to be 0.5°c or below, and a hazard is expected.

Where ‘practical and accessible’, the county council says it grits roads to schools, care homes, doctors surgeries, key pharmacies and libraries.

It also highlights ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads, bus routes, roads with a gradient of 10 per cent or more – and at least one route in to every village.

According to officials at Hertfordshire County Council, road surface temperatures are expected to drop below zero tonight (November 4) – with a ‘hoar’ frost before dawn.

That is cold enough to trigger gritting on the county’ roads for the first time this autumn/winter.

Announcing the move on Twitter, officials from HCC Highways say: “With road temperatures expected to drop below zero, with frost overnight, our gritters will be out from 7pm for the first run of the season.”

The county council has a fleet of 58 gritters – with crews having been on ‘stand-by’ since October 1.

Over the winter season, they treat more than 1,500 miles of roads – which is almost half of the county’ road network. And crews are on standby 24 hours a day – until April.

The county council sends gritters out onto the road network whenever road surface temperatures are forecast to be 0.5°c or below, and a hazard is expected.

Where ‘practical and accessible’, the county council says it grits roads to schools, care homes, doctors surgeries, key pharmacies and libraries.

It also highlights ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads, bus routes, roads with a gradient of 10 per cent or more – and at least one route in to every village.

More information about the routes that are gritted in Hertfordshire can be found at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/salting