GRITTERS will be out and about on roads across Warrington this evening, Monday.

It comes mid a cold snap which will see temperatures drop below freezing.

Those out and about tomorrow morning will need the de-icer handy, with motorists urged to take extra caution on the roads.

Warrington Borough Council has confirmed that gritting teams will be sent out.

A spokesman said: “Minimum temperatures are forecast this evening with lows of -1C.

“Our gritting teams will be out from 6pm treating primary routes.”

Primary routes are categorised as main roads, roads servicing hospitals, ambulance and fire stations, roads servicing high schools and bus routes with three or more buses per hour.

The gritting page on the council’s website states: “We spread grit when the Met Office forecasts frost or icy conditions, to try and stop ice from forming on the roads.

“We aim to have the grit lorries loaded within one hour.

“Due to our vast road network, it is not always possible to treat every road. Therefore, we prioritise roads and bus routes that form most of our primary gritting routes.

“We use a fleet of five gritting vehicles to grit the network in five pre-planned routes, spreading a total of 1,700 tonnes of salt during an average winter.

“It will typically take each vehicle three to four hours to complete their route.”