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Gritters to be deployed on Kent roads as temperatures fall

Gritters are set to be deployed across Kent as temperatures are expected to plunge towards freezing overnight.

Teams will be out treating the county's roads this evening amid forecasts that some areas will be covered in a layer of frost tomorrow morning.

Kent County Council gritters will be out tonight
Kent County Council gritters will be out tonight

This comes after hail storms and snow flurries hit parts of Kent over the Easter bank holiday.

Residents in Ashford, Folkestone, Canterbury and Faversham reported seeing showers of snow.

A spokesman for Kent County Council's (KCC's) highways team said today: "We will be treating all primary routes from 10pm this evening due to minimum expected road surface temperatures of -1.7C overnight.

"Tonight, strong north-westerly winds will continue, with a few further snow showers at times.

"[It will be] a chilly night too, with frost in places."

There was a hail storm and bursts of sleet in Ashford this morning.

Faversham has also seen hail and a light flurry of snow was seen in Cheriton, Folkestone.

The Met Office predicts temperatures will fall to 0C across the county early tomorrow morning, before temperatures peak at 5C in the afternoon.

KCC is warning drivers to be careful while travelling tonight.

"Motorists are advised to watch out for icy patches and stretches, particularly on untreated roads overnight and into tomorrow morning," a spokesman added.

"They should expect the surface to be slippery."

For all the forecasts, warnings and weather related news, click here.

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