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Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, gets to grips with winter weather
A FLEET of more than 30 gritting lorries including some with ploughs helped to keep major roads passable as the heaviest snowfall of winter came down on Tenbury and the Teme Valley.
The forecast of heavy snow proved correct and enabled highways staff to get off to a head start by salting before the snow started to come down.
Motorists were urged not to make non-essential journeys but after some initial problems on Friday (January 18) main routes were kept open by a fleet of 31 gritting vehicles working for Worcestershire County Council.
All 1,233 county council grit bins in Worcestershire have been re-filled since the new-year and people are encouraged to make use of them by using salt on the highways.
By nightfall on Saturday gritting crews had covered the equivalent of the distance from Tenbury to the North Pole and back.
With many people heeding the plea to stay at home Tenbury town centre was quiet.
However, people did get out to enjoy themselves and one of the more unusual features was a miniature igloo that made an appearance in Greenhill Close in Tenbury.
There were plenty of snowmen too as the fall coincided with the weekend and school closures.
People also had their own version of the winter Olympics with sledges out and about in most places where there was any sort of hill.
Social services staff continued to make visits, in some cases making use of four wheel drive vehicles.