Gritters hitting Sheffield streets tonight as city braces for snow

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Gritters have taken to Sheffield’s roads today and will be gritting overnight as the city prepares for the latest influx of snow.

Forecasts suggest fresh snow showers could hit Sheffield and South Yorkshire tonight and into tomorrow morning, after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for snow.

Sheffield Council stressed it is gritting ‘primary and secondary routes’ across the city with its 19-strong gritting team.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for environment, said: “The Streets Ahead team are monitoring the weather forecasts very closely today as we have received changeable forecasts throughout the day. Residents of the city will have noticed the weather changing almost every few minutes and the winds have been relentless.

“The team was out gritting on higher ground this morning (10am) and they have also been gritting the primary and secondary routes across the city. Due to the rain we have seen, it is likely that the 19 strong team of gritters will be out again from 6pm tonight to grit the network as some of the grit will have been washed away.

“The conditions will be monitored overnight and throughout the morning and a full team is on standby to respond to whatever the weather might bring.

“We are ready and monitoring the weather situation but we also need the public to do their bit. Please ensure that if we do get snow or ice then all drivers drive to the weather conditions and plan your journeys. All pedestrians need to ensure they wear appropriate clothing as we do not grit all pavements across the city.”

You can follow where the gritters have been on Twitter via @sccstreetsahead

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