Winter weather: Council gritting routes in North East Lincolnshire, temperatures to stay around freezing
TEMPERATURES in North East Lincolnshire are set to remain around freezing for the next few days following on from yesterday's heavy snowfall.
Though little further snow is expected over the coming days, low temperatures will result in hazardous conditions continuing to affect the area.
North East Lincolnshire Council has announced that road and footpath gritting will continue throughout North East Lincolnshire over the coming days.
Gritting crews worked throughout last night to clear priority routes and also gritted the main routes at 4am ahead of the Tuesday morning commute.
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North East Lincolnshire Council’s development services regeneration partnership is currently working on secondary routes and the clearance of priority footways.
Jason Longhurst, head of development, said: “We had persistent, heavy snowfall yesterday afternoon which caused some problems for people travelling home during the rush hour.
"As soon as the traffic had died down, our crews were out gritting priority routes. They repeated the main routes in the early hours of the morning.
“Our priority is always to ensure that the primary highway networks are clear to ensure essential and emergency services can operate effectively. Once these are running freely we can focus our efforts on secondary routes and other less highly trafficked areas.
"Isolated rural areas are often the worst affected communities, so we will be working closely with the parish councils and putting in place arrangements with subcontractors and farmers to help with snow clearance operations should conditions arise."
The council is calling on the community to play their part by looking out for their vulnerable and elderly neighbours.
Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for regeneration and environment, added: “Some people are unable to get out and about during these wintry weather conditions, so once again we urge residents to check on their neighbours.
"For vulnerable people their priority is to keep warm. By checking that your neighbours have everything they need it will help to ensure that people don’t risk a journey out of the house when they don’t need to.”
The council’s waste collection crews are currently undertaking their normal rounds.
Wybers Wood Academy was closed today due to heating issues. Engineers have now fixed the problem and it will re-open tomorrow.
At Humberside Airport, a flight to Amsterdam has been cancelled.
The plane that was due to depart at 11.05am from Humberside Airport was grounded.
The reason for the cancellation is currently unknown.