Yellow warning for Bedford as snow and ice on the way this weekend

Stay home as much as possible, urges Bedford Borough Council

Friday, 5th February 2021, 4:53 pm

With Met Office yellow warnings for snow and ice over the weekend and into next week, Bedford Borough Council is urging people to stay at home as much as possible and only travel if necessary.

Since the January 1, gritting crews have been out for over 30 runs at all times of day and night, spreading salt on priority roads across Bedfprd. Each priority run covers around 480km of road, and uses an average of 60 tonnes of salt.

With snow expected over the weekend, the council’s gritting teams will be on standby.

One of our readers sent us a picture of the snow last month in Bedford

The salt does not directly melt the snow. It works by traffic mixing it in to create a salty solution which doesn’t freeze as quickly as water, which reduces the build-up of snow.

However, with low levels of traffic currently using the roads due to the national lockdown, gritting is less effective than normal as there are far fewer vehicles around to ‘traffic in’ the salt by crushing and spreading it across the road surface.

Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for highways, said “Our crews have been working really hard this winter with heavy snowfall seen recently and more being forecast for this weekend.

“Salting the roads is not working as well as usual with less traffic to crush the salt into the road surface, but our crews will be closely monitoring the forecast and will be heading out for all needed gritting runs across the weekend.

“With a yellow weather warning in place over the weekend and into next week, please be safe. Stay at home as much as you can, and travel carefully if you do have to go out.”

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