Icy conditions expected to last all week

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WITH sub-zero overnight temperatures expected to continue throughout the week, residents are being reminded to take extra care.

Overnight temperatures could reach as low as minus seven, with icy conditions exacerbated by thawing snow during the day. Thawing snow could also cause localised flooding.

“We are continuing to salt our main roads and have also been out today (Monday) clearing pavements, but extra care is still required,” said Councillor Stuart Pile, who oversees highways and transport.

“If you have to drive, please leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front, steer and brake very gently and reduce your overall speed. Pedestrians are also asked to take a great deal of care on pavements and when crossing the road.”

So far this winter, Herts Highways has carried out 34 salting runs and has plenty of salt in stock - 8,000 tonnes.

Full information about the county council’s winter service, including tips on driving safely, preparing cars for cold weather and what to take in your car in case of an emergency, is at www.hertsdirect.org/salting

As a precaution, the council is urging everyone to check on family members or neighbours who may be vulnerable in cold weather. Anyone worried about keeping warm and well or concerned about a neighbour or family member can contact the HertsHelp helpline for information and advice on 0300 123 4044 or visit www.hertsdirect.org/hertshelp

Herts Fire and Rescue would also like to remind people that frozen water is not safe and children and adults should keep off it at all times. Dog owners should either avoid walking their pets near frozen water or make sure they are kept on leads.

Advice about fire safety in the home, in particular about open and electric fires, is available on www.hertsdirect.org/services/commsafe/commprotect/fire/winsafe09