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Met Office's yellow warning for snow: Chance of light amounts on morning commute




The journey to work and school in the Bishop's Stortford area on Thursday morning (February 27) might be the trickiest yet of 2020.

Gritting lorries are out on Wednesday night as Herts Highways says it is expecting light snow while the Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow from midnight until midday.

Herts Highways tweeted: "We are expecting some light snow... during the morning commute. Please plan your journey in advance and take extra care on all roads and pavements, but especially on any untreated ones. Always drive to the conditions and adjust speed and braking."

Host with the most... snow in Market Square (30248108)
Host with the most... snow in Market Square (30248108)

The Essex Weather Centre says that outbreaks of rain arriving during the second half of Wednesday night will be locally heavy in southern parts of the county. As rain clears on Thursday morning, there is a chance of it turning to snow.

"With temps around 6C tomorrow, any lying snow won't be around for long," it adds. It will feel colder with a north-westerly wind gusting to 30mph.

Hertfordshire County Council's fleet of 58 gritters has been on standby for duty 24 hours a day since October 1 last year.

Snowy South Street in Bishop's Stortford town centre. Pic: Vikki Lince (30248139)
Snowy South Street in Bishop's Stortford town centre. Pic: Vikki Lince (30248139)

Crews from highways contractor Ringway are ready around the clock to cover nearly half of the authority's road network – that's more than 1,500 miles (2,500km), the equivalent of salting from Hertford to Berlin and back.

The council sends out gritters when road surface temperatures are forecast to be 0.5C (33F) or below.

It aims to salt roads to schools, care homes, doctors' surgeries, key pharmacies and libraries, as well as all the county's A and B roads, bus routes (including school bus routes), roads with a 10% gradient or steeper and at least one route into every village.



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