Grit may no longer be effective

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

IF THE big freeze continues and temperatures drop below -9c, the recently-laid grit on roads may no longer be effective.

IF THE big freeze continues and temperatures drop below -9c, the recently-laid grit on roads may no longer be effective.

According to Somerset County Council's highways expert, Geoff Dight, the salt currently being spread across the region may be useless if the temperature gets too cold.

He said: "We are continuing to treat major routes throughout Somerset.

"While roads may look well gritted some patches of black ice may remain, so people should drive with care and consideration."

Throughout the sub zero temperatures all 23 gritters have been treating and patrolling major routes in Somerset since heavy snow fell on Tuesday night.

Additional lorries and farmers' vehicles fitted with snow ploughs have been helping to clear roads.

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