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Council to grit major roads only

The county's highways department is running short of salt

Only a few of Wiltshire's major roads will be gritted on Thursday night, because of a salt shortage, the county council has admitted.

With sub-zero temperatures due across the county, only strategic routes would be salted, a council spokesman said.

"Additional supplies are being moved into the county but the advice to the public is not to travel unless absolutely necessary," he added.

More heavy snow of 2 to 4in (5-10cm) is expected.

Only a few of the county's A roads were expected to be gritted.

The authority stores about 8,500 tonnes of salt and said this amount would rarely be used in a year. So far this winter 7,500 tonnes have been used.

The council is responsible for all county roads except the M4 and two trunk roads - the A303 and the A36, which are the responsibility of the Highways Agency.

More than 60 schools and a number of roads were closed because of the snow on Thursday..

First Bus said it was not running any services and delays were reported on First Great Western and South West trains.

You can find a full list of school and other weather-related closures on the BBC Wiltshire website.

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