THERE is plenty of salt and grit stored ahead of any change for the worse in the winter weather.

Roads in Tenbury and the Teme Valley were badly affected by the harsh winter in 2017/18.

In the winter of 2018 some villages were cut off by some of the deepest snow for many years as gritters fought a battle to keep roads open.

There was snowfall both at the end of 2017 and also in 2018 as late as March although the winter so far has been much milder.

But Worcestershire County Council say that they are prepared for a downturn including the arrival of ice and heavy show.

Gritters were called into action on Christmas Eve and again early in the New Year ahead of forecasts of frost and ice but it has generally been very mild so far.

Worcestershire County Council stockpiled 14,701 tonnes of salt for this winter, with a further 5,000 tonnes in emergency stocks should the weather be particularly bad for long periods of time.

The lowest temperature so far in the county has been -4C.

“Throughout the holiday period we had our teams on standby, ready to head out in all weathers to help keep us safe on the roads,” said Alan Amos, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet member for Highways.