Snow predicted in Leicestershire as temperatures plummet
Temperatures plummeted to 1C this afternoon and an eerie fog descended over the county.
More than a dozen gritters were out in the county last night, defrosting roads for the first time since New Years Day.
And with weather experts predicting snow for the weekend, it seems the chill is here to stay for the coming days with gritters poised to go out again tonight.
The Met Office has predicted "light snow" for Sunday, and said: "Tonight it will be cloudy through the evening and night with a band of light showery rain in eastern parts for a time. Misty with light winds and a minimum temperature -1C.
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"A few snow showers on Sunday in cold winds. Further sleet or snow possible at times on Monday."
A spokesman for Leicestershire County Council, which has 17 gritters and 80 drivers, said grit barns were stoked with 11,000 tons of grit ready to tackle the roads.
"We will be keeping a close eye on our stocks throughout the winter so we will be able to order more in good time if we get really bad weather," he added.
"There are also more than 50 snow wardens based in communities across the county who will grit paths and over 50 farmers who, during deep snow, will fit ploughs to their tractors to clear roads.
"If heavy snowfall makes driving difficult, a team of 40 volunteer 4x4 drivers will be on hand to deliver hot meals and shopping to the elderly, and help carers and health visitors to reach their patients."