Highways officials urge drivers and pedestrians to take extra care

WITH the county bearing the brunt of even more heavy overnight snow fall, highways officials are urging drivers and pedestrians to take extra care. As the snow turns to ice, the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the East of England with

WITH the county bearing the brunt of even more heavy overnight snow fall, highways officials are urging drivers and pedestrians to take extra care.

As the snow turns to ice, the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the East of England with widespread icy roads expected throughout Tuesday (December 22).

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "The ground temperature will be below freezing for much of the time, especially on Tuesday morning, and this will lead to the formation of icy stretches in many areas."

The Highways Agency has said its will continue to clear and treat roads but reminded motorists that it is important to drive appropriately for the conditions.

Cambridgeshire County Council's gritting team has been out on the roads more than 14 times since Thursday to treat both primary and secondary routes and busy paths.

But motorists and pedestrians are being warned to take care.

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A council spokesman said: "In many cases gritter crews have been out constantly and have used snow ploughs to keep Cambridgeshire on the move.

"But grit is not a magic treatment that melts snow and ice when it is used and needs people walking or driving over it to activate it and eventually melt the snow and ice. That is why there is still snow and ice on some roads and paths, especially as several inches of snow fell in freezing conditions.

"We would ask people to take extra care, even on treated roads and paths.

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