Norfolk’s gritters scramble as temperatures dip across the region overnight

One of the gritters outside the salt dome at Ketteringham. Picture: Denise Bradley

One of the gritters outside the salt dome at Ketteringham. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2013

It has been a month of unseasonably warm weather but Norfolk's fleet of gritting lorries were out and about overnight.

One of the first cold snaps of the winter, forecasters yesterday predicted that thermometers would drop to below freezing during the early hours of this morning.

Weatherquest tweeted that much of the night would be 'dry with clear spells bringing a frost' with temperatures predicted to be as low as -1C (30F).

A spokesman from Norfolk Council Council's (NCC) Twitter account confirmed that the gritters were out from 8pm.

Despite the warm weather, Norfolk's fleet of gritting lorries have been on standby since the beginning of November for when the temperatures dipped.

NCC's seven salt domes have been stocked with more than 17,000 tonnes of salt and the authority's 51 gritter lorries have been ready to hit the road.

Council bosses say more than 2,000 miles of Norfolk's roads will be on regular gritting routes this year, including all A and B-class roads, plus some C-class roads. The A11, A47 and A12 are gritted by Highways England.

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The police also advised drivers to take care.

Mark Shepherd, police sergeant for Norwich South Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: 'Allow extra time for your journey. Make sure all your windows are clear and defrosted if it gets that cold.'

For gritting updates, follow @norfolkcc on Twitter. The council will be sharing updates and advice on gritting throughout the winter, using the #NorfolkWinter hashtag on Twitter and on the Norfolk Facebook page at