Families have a ball in the snow as winter weather causes disruption in North East Lincolnshire
BE careful out there!
That's the warning being issued to anyone heading out and about this morning from the Met Office, which predicted Grimsby would be hit by further heavy snowfalls last night.
And, although the snow was due to turn to sleet in the early hours of this morning, the Met Office still issued a severe weather warning for Yorkshire and the Humber, amid fears that the continuing low temperatures may turn any residual sludge to ice, leaving roads and paths treacherous.
The news follows a weekend that saw many events cancelled due to the adverse weather, including a medal presentation to the Grimsby Telegraph's own Peter Chapman, from the Carpathian Lancers – after the delegation found themselves snowbound in London.
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Sports were also hit hard with everything from Grimsby Town's planned clash with Braintree to junior sporting fixtures called off, as temperatures plummeted to -6°C, leaving playing conditions perilous.
However, there were no reported accidents on the roads as a result of the weather and North East Lincolnshire Council's gritting team worked around the clock to ensure the borough's secondary and main routes remained passable.
Pedestrian areas in Grimsby's Top Town and Freeman Street – as well as St Peter's Avenue, Cleethorpes – were also been treated by the council's fleet of quads and mini-gritting units.
An NELC spokesman said: "Roads have once again been treated across North East Lincolnshire during the weekend.
"The message from council officials is to drive only when necessary and to the conditions if journeys are essential.
"Town and parish councils across the region have been receiving stocks of grit for their area's grit bins and residents are being urged to use these stocks only to clear roads and public pavements."
Jason Longhurst, head of development at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "We are continually monitoring the weather conditions and our services are responding to the forecast on a daily basis.
"Roads have been gritted daily throughout the week and we can assure residents that we have enough grit stock to see us through this cold spell with further deliveries planned for the end of the month.
"We need everyone to play their part. Motorists need to take responsibility and drive only when necessary and to respect the conditions.
"If you have to travel make sure you are prepared by taking a hot drink, shovel, warm clothing and blanket with you. We also hope that people will be community spirited by checking on the vulnerable."
At Humberside Airport the runways also remained open, although airport chiefs continued to advise passengers due to fly to contact their airline before setting out – and to allow extra time to get there.
But, while some of us were battling through the elements to get to work and get essential jobs done, others were making the most of the winter-wonderland.
Among them was Alex Harvey, 23, of Grimsby who tried to rally as many people as possible to make a huge igloo in Weelsby Woods.
He launched his appeal in the Grimsby Telegraph and via Facebook the day before, but was forced to abandon his original plan, which turned out to be just a little bit too ambitious.
Alex said: "We decided to build a giant snowman instead, because an igloo was too difficult.
"It's all about community spirit and we had around two other families helping us roll the snowman up.
"However, with three people trying to roll the snow, the bigger it gets, the more difficult it is to manoeuvre.
"My little boy, Jacob Stiff, 3, loves the snow and I thought he would love to see a huge snowman.
"I love the snow. This is the best time of year."
Also enjoying the snow, was Louise Thomas, of Grimsby, who went out to make the most of it with her friends and family.
They came prepared, wrapped up warm with sledges and a flask of hot chocolate.
Louise said: "We live near Weelsby Woods, so we all meet at mine first and then walked down together.
"The kids love it and, with the snow not lasting very long, it's good to get out there when you can.
"We've brought sledges with us, too, to have a go down the slopes."
With Louise was friend Laura Rimmer, and her son Oliver, 4.
Laura said: "We like getting out with friends and all the family in weather like this.
"It's good to get out in the fresh air and enjoy it.
Oliver said: "I like the snow. I really enjoy making snowballs and throwing them at my daddy. I also think it's fun going on a sledge."
Sarah Leary, of Middlethorpe Road, brought her daughter Chloe, 3, to enjoy the snow too.
Sarah said: "We walked to Weelsby Woods because it's a beautiful place to bring the kids.
"It's the second time Chloe has seen snow and she enjoyed playing in it last year.
"She has enjoyed making a snowman called Frosty and it's great to be in the fresh air."
Harry Thomas, 11, was enjoying snowball fights with his friends and family.
He said: "I always win at snowball fights because it's easy.
"I've wrapped up nice and warm so I don't feel the cold and I am enjoying it so much, I don't want to go back to school on Monday."
Kris Butterill, of Heneage Road, was helping his son Charlie, 3, build a snowman.
Kris said: "Charlie really enjoys the snow, so we decided to come out and enjoy it.
"It would help though it if was a littler warmer out – it's freezing!"
Bethany Donoghue, 9, of Louth, was with her friends and family enjoying sledging at Hubbard's Hills. She said: "I love sledging in the snow because it's really fun.
"I have got a two-seater sledge, so I can go down the slopes with my friend.
"I really want the snow to stay for longer so we can have more fun in it."
Liam Smith, 8, was on the back of the sledge with Bethany. He said: "The hills are really good here for sledging and I like going down them really fast.
"It's good fun playing with my friends and family."
The weather decimated the area's amateur sporting programme over the weekend.
Grimsby Borough, Cleethorpes Town and Louth Town all had their Northern Counties East League matches postponed.
Every game in the Grimsby, Cleethorpes And District Sunday Football League was also cancelled.
Our area's main rugby sides – Market Rasen and Louth RUFC, Grimsby RUFC and Cleethorpes RUFC – also felt the full force of the cold snap and were left without a game.
Hockey games were also frozen out.
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