Bolton woke up to snow this morning and the latest met office forecast reads-
A cold start with the risk of ice and fog patches. It may brighten up for a time in the north, whilst further south will see cloud with patchy rain, sleet and snow which will extend back north later. Maximum Temperature 3°C.
Outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow continuing in places with gusty coastal winds. Staying generally cloudy with some clear spells. Minimum Temperature –2°C.
A dull and damp morning however, patchy sleet and snow, together with strong winds will gradually ease and fade as brighter, drier weather develops from the east later. Maximum Temperature 3°C.
Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:
A cold start on Tuesday, but staying mostly dry with some brightness into Wednesday before more unsettled but rather milder weather is expected by the latter part of the week.”
The news comes as Bolton council have had gritters out 9 times on full grit routes on Bolton`s roads. A council spokesperson told us –
“Our gritting teams have been working around the clock to deal with the snow and ice and keep the main roads clear.
Between 6.30pm on Friday and Sunday morning trucks have been out nine times to complete full route grits spreading hundreds of tonnes of grit. Gritter trucks have also been ploughing the roads overnight and will continue to grit as needed throughout today.
Each full route grit covers 317 miles of Bolton — just over half of the total road network — meaning gritters have travelled more than 2,800 miles in one and a half days. A full route grit covers all the main roads and bus routes.
We understand that some drivers may have had difficulty and we appreciate our residents’ patience but we have tried our best to keep traffic moving in difficult circumstances. Grit also needs vehicles driving over it for to be effective.
The main roads should be passable to traffic but local roads, which are not on gritting routes, should be used with extreme care. Unfortunately we just do not have the resources to grit all the side roads.
We would ask motorists to be prepared and to check their vehicle to make sure it is ready and safe for winter driving.
Bolton Council’s website provides daily winter gritting updates and residents can find out if they are on a gritting route by visitingwww.bolton.gov.uk/residents.
There are also 533 grit bins around the borough which will be refilled in the coming days. These bins are for the use of residents in that area only, and the grit is for use on the road and footpaths, not for use on driveways.
Grit is also available to purchase from the Heaton Fold garden centre off Chorley New Road.”
Pete Hopkinson for www.boltonlive.org
Picture credit Mandy Cooper- Coffeeshop Creationz
Forecast source- http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcw2bf8wd