Gritters are gearing up for snow and ice this weekend

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Gritters are on standby to keep the county’s traffic moving after warnings from forecasters that the temperature is set to plummet and snow is on its way.

With icy conditions imminent Herts County Council is warning motorists to take extra care on the roads.

Herts County Councillor Stuart Pile, who oversees highways and transport, said: “We are keeping a close eye on the weather, and have done everything we can to prepare for a cold snap.

“There have been 21 gritting runs since October 1 to help keep our main transport routes moving. Our salt stocks are full, salt bins have been filled and district, borough and parish councils have been provided with salt to help keep key routes, particularly pavements, safer during cold spells.

“Salt is the best material we have available to treat snow and ice, but we all still need to be careful and should not drive or walk as if weather conditions are normal.

“If you are driving, please leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front, steer and brake very gently and reduce your overall speed. Please also allow extra time for any journeys you make. Pedestrians are also asked to take a great deal of care on pavements and when crossing the road.”

For more information on what action the council takes during cold snaps click here

You can also watch a video - called Getting a grip on winter - that shows salting crews in action

For up to date information on when gritters are going out follow Gritter twitter on the social networking site.