Temperatures plummet and Leicestershire gritters get set for snow
Temperatures plummeted to a chilly 1C and an eerie fog descended over the county yesterday.
More than a dozen gritters were out in the county on Wednesday, defrosting roads for the first time since New Year's Day.
And with weather experts predicting snow for the weekend, it seems the chill is here to stay.
Mercury weatherman Dave Mutton said: "It is going down hill a bit now, getting back to what it should be for this time of year.
"It looks as though there is a possibility of snow on Sunday, and getting into next week, we could see about an inch of snow on Monday and Tuesday.
"Next week, we are looking at a maximum of hardly above freezing, with lows of -4C possible at night. It's going to be a shock to the system after the mild weather we have had."
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 said.
"There are also more than 50 snow wardens across the county who will grit paths.
"If heavy snowfall makes driving difficult, a team of 40 volunteer 4x4 drivers will deliver hot meals and shopping to the elderly, and help carers and health visitors reach their patients."