Dorset wakes up to heavy snow as gritters on 24-hour standby
Gritting teams in Dorset are on 24-hour standby as the county wakes up to heavy snow today.
Dorset County Council's gritting teams have been out from midnight, treating main roads to prepare for freezing temperatures.
Community routes connecting schools, hospitals and isolated communities have already been gritted - and snow ploughs have been fitted to vehicles in preparation for heavy snow.
A spokesperson from Dorset County Council said: "Gritting teams will be on 24-hour 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.
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"Salt stocks are healthy, with additional supplied 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."
Motorists have been warned to take care on the roads today and over the weekend.
With the Met Office issuing an amber weather warning for Dorset, motorists should take care - particularly in rural areas.
A Dorset Police spokesperson said: "Only travel when absolutely necessary. If you have to travel, take sensible footwear rather than high heels for example, warm clothing, blankets, a shovel, food and water.
"Ensure you carry details of any recovery agency with you. Also ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy for the conditions."
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