No let up as Beast from the East will make it feel like MINUS 10 overnight in Northamptonshire

Gritters out in force as Met Office warning for more snow remains in force until midnight Wednesday

By Kevin Nicholls
Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 9:14 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 9:16 am

Weather watchers warn it will feel like MINUS 10°C at times as the Beast From The East continues to blow through Northamptonshire.

Tuesday's forecast shows the big freeze continuing with a yellow Met Office warning for snow and ice in force until midnight tomorrow.

Northants Highways' gritters were out at 4.30am on precautionary routes — for the fifth time since Saturday — and are heading out again to treat adverse routes and main footways from 9am.

Northamptonshire's fleet of gritters are out in force combating snow and ice

Local forecasters @NNweather say there will be a a few scattered, mostly light snow showers on Tuesday — especially in northern and eastern parts of the county — along with some bright spells.

It will feel bitterly cold in a easterly breeze with a maximum temperature of 1°C feeling six degrees colder.

But Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale, added: "Snow showers will continue to feed into eastern parts through the week.

“Overnight temperatures will be notably low through the week, especially in areas with lying snow. We can expect to see minus-10°C as far south as East Anglia later in the week.

"Daytime temperatures will also be cold, only reaching one or two degrees for many early in the week. With strong winds as well the wind chill will make it feel much colder.”

Highways England is responsible for gritting motorways and main roads in the county — the A14, A45 east of Northampton, A5 and A43 south of Northampton.

The county's fleet of 20 gritters based at depots in Brixworth, Towcester and Wellingborough look after another 1,200 miles of tarmac. Routes covered can be checked on a map HEREto see which roads are treated and when.

A spokesman warned: "We grit 43 per cent of the network but please drive carefully never assume a road is treated.

"Our aim is to make roads as safe as is practical and ensure that you can travel with a minimum of delay and disruption during severe winter weather.

"Occasionally, gritting arrangements do not go to plan. You should never assume that a road has been treated but should drive in accordance with the prevailing conditions.

"Please remember that the majority of minor roads will receive no treatment at all."