Gritters busy for ‘most of week’ as snow arrives

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GRITTERS were out in force on Oxfordshire’s roads last night as the Met Office forecast a flurry of snow.

Oxfordshire County Council sent out its fleet amid warnings of the first snow of 2013.

Met Office spokesman Greg Dewhurst said last night he expected parts of the county to wake up to two to three centimetres of snow.

He said: “We should have a brief respite in the mid-morning before a burst of rain comes through in the late morning to the afternoon.

“That rain will come through and get rid of the snow and we are looking at scattered showers.

“From tonight into tomorrow morning frost and ice will continue.”

Temperatures will continue to be low throughout tomorrow and there could be sleet or snow in some areas but no more than 1cm, he said.

There is also a chance a few snow showers from the east might make it into Oxfordshire through tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.

Daytime temperatures are expected to remain between 3C and 4C.

Overnight it will fall below freezing from -2C to -5C and it will remain frosty and icy.

Mr Dewhurst added: “I imagine gritters will stay out for most of the week.”

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