UPDATE: Gritters head out on to Kent’s roads after snow falls on county
PUBLISHED: 14:51 11 February 2017
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Motorists are being warned of icy condition
The county has woken up to a blanket of snow this weekend, with more set to fall, before turning to sleet later today.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, meaning the weather could impact some transport routes and travel services.
Sleet is expected to turn into rain by tomorrow (Sunday), but gritters are heading out this afternoon and overnight as temperatures fall below freezing.
A KCC spokesperson said: “Motorists are advised to watch out for icy patches/stretches particularly on the untreated roads overnight and into tomorrow morning, and should expect the surface to be slippery.
“They should drive cautiously and be deliberate and slower in actions and not be surprised by ‘sudden’ traffic light changes or other vehicles braking.
“Harsh braking, harsh steering or harsh acceleration are key precursors to skidding on ice and snow.”
Keith Pascoe, Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s area manager, has also warned residents to stay safe during the cold weather.
He said: “While it can be comforting to curl up in front of a warm, crackling fire during cold weather, it’s vital you make sure your fire or log burning stove is in good working order before you light it or you could be putting your family and home at risk.