Residents of Lincolnshire will get more warning of bad weather thanks to the installation of a new weather station in Caistor.
Lincolnshire County Council currently operates nine stations across the county that monitor the conditions throughout the county and the new one will give the Met Office valuable early updates.
The stations collate a huge range of information ranging from the level of grip on the road surface, to the temperature at which dew will form on the road.
The data that’s collected by the weather stations is transmitted to the Met Office’s headquarters in Exeter.
The information is fed into computer models that provide the national forecast, as well as a more detailed forecast.
The Met Office provides a daily forecast to the county council and also individual forecasts for each of the 43 gritting routes.
Richard Fenwick, winter maintenance engineer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Caistor is one of the highest points in the county and over the past few years the local road network has been badly affected by snow and ice. It seems to have a micro climate of its own and so we’re going to install a weather station there.
“With a better understanding of the local weather conditions, we can provide a more tailored gritting service.”