TfB Update, 4pm - March 2: Freezing rain threatens further ice
Buckinghamshire is currently being hit by sleety freezing rain which has the potential to turn untreated surfaces icy quite quickly.
Although the majority of main roads remain open, all routes are difficult and with continuing heavy snowfall conditions are only going to get worse through this afternoon and evening.
Gritting crews are remobilising now and will run right through the late afternoon and evening. Second crews are resting in preparation for another tough night, with persistent snowfall expected from around 4pm to midnight. Specific timing for action is being decided at a local level based on forecasts and feedback from the gritter drivers, but all areas will be treated tonight.
Conditions on Saturday morning may become slightly drier and warmer, although forecasts could change. Should temperatures rise, flooding of roads through melting snow, especially where drainage is covered by deep drifts, could be an issue. TfB emergency crews are primed.
Last night and earlier today:
TfB gritter drivers and winter teams had very busy night last night, Thursday 1st March, with several gritting and ploughing runs carried out across the county. During the morning rush hour the majority of main roads were covered with heavy slush, but the main problem was drifting snow in exposed areas with ploughs battling some very heavy and fast forming drifts. IMG
All areas have been busy throughout the morning. Although fresh snowfall has been minimal, the north of the County in particular has been dealing with heavy drifts of blown snow from adjacent land, with the A413 between Whitchurch and Winslow, the A4010 at Risborough, and part of the A418 all closed earlier today.