AN army of gritters hit the roads of the Fylde coast in a bid to prevent a repeat of the chaos brought by heavy snow last year.
As temperatures reached freezing point, Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council gritters hit the streets to prevent any icy build-ups on priority routes through the area.
County workers gritted Wyre and Fylde roads yesterday afternoon before heading out later at night for a second run .
Blackpool gritters were on standby yesterday, ready to go out last night.
The Met office issued a “Be Aware” warning – it’s second-highest – to Fylde coast residents as wintry showers were expected to hit the UK today and tomorrow before a warmer spell early next week.
Drivers are being warned to expect unsettled weather over the weekend, with a mixture of sleet, snow and rain predicted along with clear spells which could bring lower temperatures and icy roads.
Gritting crews started salting Wyre and Fylde’s roads last week as temperatures plummeted close to freezing and conditions became changeable.
County coun Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re better prepared than ever to keep Lancashire moving this winter with even more salt in stock than last year.
“We don’t know exactly what to expect as conditions are unsettled but our highways staff will be monitoring the weather 24 hours a day and, as always, and our gritting crews will be ready to deal with whatever conditions occur.
“I’d urge drivers to be careful and drive to the conditions as, even when a road has been gritted, it can remain icy until the movement of traffic has worked the salt in and made it take effect.”
Last year, a quick cold snap caused chaos when roads froze earlier than expected and before gritting crews were able to get out onto the area’s highways.
People can find information and advice on winter weather, including real-time gritting updates on Lancashire County Council’s website. The authority can also be followed on Twitter for live updates on icy conditions and when gritters are going out.
n For Fylde and Wyre updates, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/winter and for a list of priority routes being gritted in Blackpool go to the council’s website at www.blackpool.gov.uk