Snow chaos - where were the gritters?

We drove down to the West Country on Sunday afternoon. All the way on the M27 and M5 and Devon Expressway the signs were saying gritting in progress, but we saw no gritting lorries and no grit on the road. Seeing the news today about the M23 and A23 that there was no grit down, I wondered if perhaps signs of gritting but no actual grit is our new cutback world. Our gritty new reality. All the way here the Met forecast changed radically as well. We started off driving out of snow and two hours later the Met said we would drive into it. They eventually were right the first time. Our grit free error prone new world.

Paul Myles