With more snow and heavy rain forecast to sweep across the country again this week, motorists are urged to be vehicle vigilant and check their tyres.
The shortage of salt is adding even more urgency to warnings for vehicle owners to make sure their tyres have got plenty of grip to deal with the hazardous weather.
As wintry conditions continue to affect many parts of the UK, the Met Office is also warning of freezing overnight temperatures leading to the risk of widespread ice on untreated roads and pavements.
A band of heavy rain moving across the south is also bringing a risk of flooding to southern coastal counties, and the Met Office is working closely with the Environment Agency to monitor the weather and flooding situation.
Once again there is a risk of heavy snow as the rain meets the cold air to the north, with parts of south and east Wales and the Midlands most likely to be affected.
This would further increase pressure on local authorities, which are having difficulty in securing enough stocks of salt needed to keep the roads safe.
With UK stocks dwindling, the Government has requested salt from a number of European countries including Spain, Germany and Italy.
A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: “We also understand that the key private sector salt suppliers in the UK, and some councils, have already arranged for their own overseas shipments which will be arriving in the UK in the coming days.
“We remain in close contact with suppliers to facilitate distribution of salt supplies to where they are most needed.”
Low supplies forced Gloucestershire County Council to use white salt – a by-product of table salt – to treat roads in the county. It was mixed with two thirds rock salt to be spread on ‘A’ roads.