Build a snowman to slow thaw

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Building snowmen is a fun way to slow the thaw down when temperatures soar this weekend.

After days when the Spalding area has seen freezing conditions and heavy snow, Sunday is expected to be 9C, rising to 12C on Tuesday.

However, the Environment Agency has said it would take more than this to prevent flooding.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “When snow is compacted, as it is when you build a snowman or drive over it in a car park for example, it melts at a slower rate.

“But while building snowmen is great fun, sadly it is unlikely to make a significant difference to the overall rate at which the snow melts across the country and won’t protect your home from flooding.

“The most important thing anyone can do to protect themselves from flooding is to check out if they are in a flood risk area, and sign up to free flood warnings on the Environment Agency website.”