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Dorset Prepares For Heavy Snow


4:16pm 17th January 2013

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As temperatures fall, and with snow predicted across the county, Dorset County Council's highways staff are gearing up to keep main routes passable.

The Met Office has today issued a weather warning, with heavy snow and wind expected in from the west tomorrow morning.

Drivers are being advised to take extra care if travelling on Dorset's roads tomorrow morning, when snow is forecast to sweep across the county.

Dorset County Council's Traffic Control Centre in Dorchester will be manned from midnight tonight to coordinate the winter highways operations.

Gritting teams will be on 24hr standby to carry out pre-salting of the winter network and plough any snow that builds up, so that traffic can keep moving as safely as possible across the county.

Salt stocks are healthy, with additional supplies delivered today. All salt bins across the county are full, allowing borough, town and parish councils to treat roads and footways off the salted network.

Salt bins in strategic locations will be refilled as soon as possible but crews will concentrate on keeping priority roads cleared first.

Gritting teams will be out from midnight treating the priority network ready for sub-zero temperatures. Community routes connecting schools, hospitals and isolated communities were gritted earlier today, and snow ploughs have been fitted to vehicles in preparation for heavy snow tomorrow.

Motorists should take extreme care when travelling, keeping their speed down and maintaining a sufficient distance from the vehicle in front to be able to brake and stop safely. It can take 10 times longer to stop in icy conditions.

The county council will be working hard to make sure front-line services operate as normally as possible.

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