Berkshire

Berkshire overnight ice warning after snow

Icy stretches are expected to form across Berkshire overnight as melted snow freezes in sub-zero temperatures.

Several inches of snow forced a number of schools to close on Thursday as staff were unable to get in due to icy conditions on roads.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the county and said there could be further snow showers during the night.

Gritters will be out as the authorities attempt to keep main routes clear.

Earlier on Thursday traffic delays were reported on some roads as vehicles became stuck, however some parts of the county remained unaffected by the wintry weather.

South Central Ambulance Service has reassured the community it will make "every effort" to get to patients as quickly, and as safely, as possible, despite the snowy conditions.

Bracknell Forest Council has advised residents not to abuse community salt bins, of which there are more than 60 across the borough.

Steve Loudoun, chief officer for environment and public protection, said: "Feel free to use this salt to grit public side roads and pavements but please don't use it for your own homes and driveways.

"This salt is for all the community and if it runs out it may not be restocked in time for any severe weather."

Meanwhile, Windsor and Maidenhead council said residents could keep up to date with gritting throughout the Royal Borough on social-networking site Twitter.

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