Drivers warned of cold snap

MOTORISTS are being urged to drive carefully, as sub-zero temperatures are forecast for the next few days.

The call has come from Hartlepool Borough Council’s transport team as many of the town’s roads still have surface water on them following the recent heavy rain and flooding.

Alastair Smith, the council’s assistant director for transportation and engineering, said: “Temperatures are forecast to dip below freezing over the next few nights and although our gritting team will be out in force, there’s a chance that excess water running onto roads may wash the grit away.

“Our advice to motorists is to exercise extreme caution over the next few days because there is likely to be a higher than usual chance of ice.

“This is particularly likely to be the case in rural areas where there is still water running off the fields after the heavy rain.”

Although temperatures were set to fall, today, Friday and Saturday were expected to be much drier and bright.