WEATHER UPDATE: Gritters still busy, more snow expected this afternoon

'Only drive if you have to,' say police

Thursday was another busy night for Lincolnshire’s gritting team.

The gritters went out on their usual routes at midnight and at 3am, salting and ploughing over 1,800 miles of road each time.

They have also been dealing with any trouble spots that have arisen, with the support of local farmers and contractors.

Network resilience manager Darrell Redford said: “Drifting snow is still the biggest issue for us at the moment.We are clearing any build-ups as and when we become aware of them, and will continue to do so.

“However, with the high winds we’re experiencing, the snow can drift back quickly. That’s likely to continue for the next 24 hours or so.

“We’ve treated all our usual routes overnight, and we are now starting to get out to some of the county’s other roads.

“Looking ahead, there is the potential for further snow flurries today, particularly in the south of the county. However, the forecast is uncertain.

“We’ll continue to monitor the weather, and our gritters will be on-hand 24/7.

“There are still difficult driving conditions out there, so please check the latest updates before heading out, and make any necessary preparations.”

The A151 Pode Hole to West Pinchbeck road is now clear but the B1168 at Holbeach St John still impassable.

For more on Lincolnshire County Council’s gritting operations, visit

FRIDAY, 10AM: South Holland Council has just announced that the Saturday markets in Holbeach and Spalding will not be open tomorrow because of the weather. Also, all public conveniences are again closed today and will stay closed over the weekend.

However, many bus services are running and CallConnect is back in operation in the following areas: Bourne, Spalding, Holbeach and Long Sutton.

FRIDAY, 8.29AM: Police have this morning reiterated their message over travelling on the county’s roads – only go out if absolutely necessary.

If you are out on the roads don’t trust that seemingly clear road – it could be black ice.

Another message from them today is to check on the welfare of your neighbours and only to use 999 for medical emergencies’

Police will be working hard today with partner agencies to try to ensure the road networks around the county are cleared and safe.

Some bus serices are back today but a couple of roads remain closed – the A151 Pode Hole to West Pinchbeck and the B1168 at Holbeach St Johns are both deemed impassable.

The A16 Pinchbeck to Sutterton road, which had been closed, has been gritted and reopened.

Lincolnshire County Council’s gritting teams were working throughout the nightduring the night and are currently dealing with drifting snow across the area. They are working with local farmers to help clear the drifting snow.

Many schools are still closed for a third day. According to Lincolnshire County Council’s website the only local schools open are Westfield Primary and the Grammar in Bourne, Cowbit and Crowland primaries, Gedney Church End Primary, Gosberton Academy, some of the Spalding primary schools and the ones in Sutton Bridge and Tydd St Mary.

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