Gritting continues as temperatures plummet in Cleethorpes
Could be a cold as -7 degrees tonight with severe frost and patchy freezing fog in Cleethorpes!
Gritting continues across North East Lincolnshire as overnight temperatures plunge and day temperatures are set to remain at zero or below.
In addition all of the waste and recycling collection crews are out on their rounds will be collecting rubbish from as many households as possible.
Officials are urging all road users to be mindful of the freezing temperatures and drive to the conditions, only making journeys when necessary.
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Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration and environment, said: "The winter of 2010, where temperatures fell to below zero for days on end, means our staff and services have some very recent experience of what these conditions are like.
"We are doing all we can with gritting crews working around the clock and waste and recycling staff are doing all they can to collect waste, whilst prioritising everyone's safety.
"We ask residents to be patient as the waste collection crews are experiencing some problems travelling down side streets where icy conditions are proving too hazardous. In addition some of the vehicles' hoist mechanisms have frozen disrupting some collections.
"However, where staff are not able to carry out their normal duties, such as parks maintenance, they are out and about collecting waste from side streets where vehicles are unable to travel. I want to reassure residents that we are doing all we can to keep things moving and keeping services operating as normal."
During Tuesday afternoon and early evening there was a significant drop in temperature over a relatively short period of time.
This coupled with freezing fog, isolated showers and areas where snow was thawing caused numerous icy situations, which were difficult to predict. However, as soon as problems areas were highlighted the roads were treated.
During rush hour on Tuesday a number of motorists broke down hampering the ability for gritting crews to respond.
However, by 9pm all the known problem areas had been treated. Another full treatment of the precautionary road network commenced immediately and temperatures in rural areas were recorded as being as low as minus 10.
Gritting commenced at 4am on Wednesday morning and another full precautionary treatment round was completed.
Today (Wednesday, January 16) crews are once again concentrating on treating the secondary routes, ensuring grit bins are replenished and supplying grit to the town and parish councils.
Driving in these weather conditions is very different than at other times of the year and drivers are urged to be cautious and to adapt the way that they drive.
In addition when temperatures reach minus six or lower the effectiveness of rocksalt decreases considerably. Therefore motorist have to be fully aware of the conditions they are driving in and make appropriate adjustments to their speed and braking distances.
Jason Longhurst, head of development, said: "If everyone thinks about their journey before setting out - about the condition of their car, what they may need and the route they will take - it will help to keep people safe at this time of the year.
"What's more as most people have very little experience of driving in extreme conditions they need to take some time to consider how it affects their driving. Leaving more time for a journey, checking the weather forecasts and being prepared to change plans should all be considered.
"We have already experienced problems in responding to the weather due to motorists breaking down and causing congestion - so the message has also got to be - if you have to travel make sure your vehicle is fit for the conditions."
For the latest forecast and weather warning information, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk, or tune into your local radio station.
There is a lot of useful information and guidance on the winter service pages of the council's website, www.nelincs.gov.uk. These pages contain updates on services that might be disrupted during any period of severe weather.
What roads are gritted?
It is essential that routes are prioritised and dealt with according to their importance: -
Category 1 & 2 - Main Routes / precautionary routes : these are the defined primary routes, principal roads, important bus and commuter routes and roads and junctions leading to hospitals, ambulance stations, fire stations, major industrial sites and shopping centres.
A map showing these routes is included on the council's website: www.nelincs.gov.uk/winterservice under 'road and footpath gritting'.
Category 3 - Secondary Routes: these are routes where drivers may experience loss of control due to winter weather that may lead to more serious problems such as routes on steep hills, alongside rivers or deep drainage ditches and main routes out of residential areas.
Category 4 – other roads: these are prioritised to focus on main urban areas, villages and then other rural roads.
Category 5 – footways and cycleways: these are prioritised to focus on the important links in town and local centres and at interchanges such as bus and rail stations, then other important links and those where steep gradients may cause problems.