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THURSDAY, 4PM: Schools announce Friday closures, part of A151 closed, burst water main in Spalding

Horses wrapped up in Gedney.
Horses wrapped up in Gedney.

Police have closed the A151 between West Pinchbeck and Pode Hole as it has become impassable due to drifting snow and ice.

There is a diversion down Glenside South from West Pinchbeck to Pinchbeck, but police advise to avoid the area if possible.

Meanwhile, motorists in Spalding are being warned that an emergency road closure at the junction of Woolram Wygate and Pinchbeck Road will take place later today until Monday. A water mains has burst due to cold temperatures, causing ground movement.

Browntoft Lane in Donington has also been closed.

Some schools have already announcved that they will be closed tomorrow, including Spalding Grammar, Spalding High, University Academy Holbeach, Donington’s Thomas Cowley High, Gosberton House Academy, Long Sutton Primary and Weston Hills Primary.

South Holland District Council has also announced this afternoon that public toilets will be closed again on Friday.

The 505 service bus is staying on main roads and avoiding villages on backroads.
The 505 service bus is staying on main roads and avoiding villages on backroads.

THURSDAY, 10.35AM: Gritters have been making back-to-back runs throughout the night, with further runs planned throughout today (Thursday).

Following the full run at 6pm, the team hit the roads again at midnight and 4am as snow and ice continued to affect south Lincolnshire.

And throughout the day, the team will be ploughing certain routes as and when any issues arise.

Network resilience manager Darrell Redford said: “We’re currently seeing a lot of drifting snow as a result of the high winds. Although all roads are currently passable with care, snow and ice is causing difficulties in certain areas. When we become aware of a troublespot, we get a gritter there to clear it.

“We’re planning to do a full run in the evening, but, in the meantime, please check the latest updates before heading out and make any necessary preparations.”

For more on the council’s gritting operations, please visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/winterweather.

• CallConnect has cancelled all services today. The booking centre will be closing at 4pm today to allow the team to get home safely. All journeys tomorrow (Friday) up until 8am are also cancelled.

THURSDAY, 10.02AM: It’s another day of disruption in south Lincolsnire today (Thursday) with most schools closed, services cancelled and some roads impassable. Bourne Grammar School, Deeping St Nicholas Primary School, Gosberton Academy, Kirton Midlecott School, Spalding Wygate Park Academy, Spalding Priory School and Tydd St Mary Primary School are the only schools open today according to Lincolnshire County Council.

Reports are coming in from all over Lincolnshire of snow drifts blocking several major roads including the A15 and A17. Police and other agencies are strongly advising people not to travel as cars are getting stuck and into dangerous situations.

There is a five foot snow drift with a lorry stuck in it is outside the hand car wash on the A152 between Gosberton village and Surfleet crematorium. Cars have been queuing through Gosberton village, most turning round to go back, and some have come from the A17 because they found Sutterton was impassable due to lorries and snow drifts.

Darrell Redford, Lincolnshire County Council network resilience manager, said: “Our gritters have been making back-to-back runs throughout the night countywide.

“We’re now focusing on dealing with any trouble spots that arise. We are aware of these issues and our gritters will be dealing with them. We’re also planning to do another full run this evening.”

Many bus services have been cancelled and refuse and recycling collections have been suspended until next week by South Holland District Council, who have asked that everyone returns their rubbish and recycling bags to their normal storage point and re-present for the next collection date. The whole site is closed today at Ayscoughfee Hall due to the weather.

A performance of ‘We Will Rock You’ will not be performing tonight at Spalding Grammar School and possibly not tomorrow. Once school reopens and new dates have been secured, the school will offer ticket holders transfers or refunds.

Spalding’s South Holland Centre has also cancelled its show tonight, ‘Knot’ as the centre will be closing today at 5pm.

• If you need to put any information out about events that are still on or have been cabcelled feel free to email jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk and we will add them to this story.


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