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Kent County Council gritting lorries to treat roads as temperatures fall below zero

Gritting lorries will be out in force for a second night in a row as Kent is hit by an icy blast.

The county council has warned that road surface temperatures will fall below freezing.

Road gritting takes place tonight
Road gritting takes place tonight

Main roads throughout Kent will be treated to help prevent ice and frost on road surfaces forming this evening and tomorrow morning.

The council warns people to watch out for icy patches and stretches particularly on the untreated roads tonight and early tomorrow.

They should expect the surface to be slippery.

A Kent County Council spokesman said: "They should drive cautiously, 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.

"Plan ahead, drive slower, brake in good time."

Some councils across the county have also activated emergency protocols to protect rough sleepers in the freezing conditions.

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