Warning to motorists as temperatures in Hertfordshire set to plummet further

PUBLISHED: 18:45 20 December 2010

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DRIVERS are being advised to check road conditions and the latest weather forecast tonight (Monday) and tomorrow morning.

Cllr Stuart Pile

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for Hertfordshire that further outbreaks of snow could fall this evening and into the early hours of the morning.

Between 2cm and 5cm is predicted in some parts.

Temperatures – which have struggled to get above freezing all day – are also expected to plummet, with forecasts of a severe and widespread frost overnight.

While gritting crews are working tirelessly to keep roads moving, motorists are being asked to take extra care in the icy conditions.

County councillor Stuart Pile, executive member for highways and transport, said: “I would like to thank both our team of gritters for working hard to keep Hertfordshire moving and motorists for driving responsibly in the icy conditions.

“While salt is the best material we have available to treat snow and ice, it isn’t a magic powder that always makes roads completely safe.

“The way salt works is that it turns ice into salt water, which has a lower freezing point, and the melted water then drains away.

“However, once temperatures drop to minus six or below - as has happened - the salt water itself freezes.”

Cllr Pile added: “We’re confident our supplies of salt and grit will see us through this cold snap. The current conditions are expected to continue until Boxing Day, when temperatures are forecast to go up.”

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