Wintry weather continues to cause hazards in North East Lincolnshire
THE Met Office has warned of "disruption to travel" as Grimsby or surrounding areas could be hit by up to 10cm of snow.
Snowfall from the weekend has still not fully thawed, but yesterday, more snow fell over North East Lincolnshire.
It started in Immingham in the morning and snowed in Grimsby in the afternoon – and more was predicted for overnight and today.
The Met Office said: "An area of snow was expected to develop over east and northeast England late yesterday and then during Friday.
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"While there is uncertainty regarding where the heaviest and most persistent snow will fall, accumulations of up to about 10cm are possible in the worst-affected regions.
"The public should be aware that, as a result, there could be some disruption to travel."
North East Lincolnshire Council has given a more conservative estimate of about 1.3cm yesterday, and says snow is unlikely to settle overnight, and warn of low temperatures and icy roads well into this afternoon.
An authority spokesman said: "Any overnight snow will become increasingly light and drizzly, but could give a further couple of centimetres.
"Road surface temperatures will fall below zero with widespread ice."
NELC has also warned residents to look out for potholes – which caused huge problems after last year's snowfall – because "as the snow and ice thaws, damage will inevitably occur to road surfaces".
"Pot holes and defects should be reported through the council's contact centre," the spokesman added.
Balfour Beatty will be gritting all major roads and many residential roads and has already used 887 tonnes of salt this winter alone to clear highways and pavements.
NELC has advised that it is legal to clear the snow from outside your house or business, so long as you are careful and do not make the area more dangerous than before.
It advises not to start early, make a path down the middle first, use salt or sand, and never to use hot water.
All Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Sunday League matches due to take place on council pitches have been postponed.
However, the weather has not come close to the extreme conditions experienced last winter.
The 887 tonnes of salt used so far is dwarfed by the 2569.57 tonnes of salt that had been used by this time last year.
Plumber Paul West, co-owner of P and P Plumbing and Heating Services, said the plumbing problems caused by last year's cold weather have not been repeated – but warned people to be prepared as it can turn very suddenly.
Mr West said: "There haven't been many calls over the last week and it certainly hasn't been anything like it was last year – but it can turn very quickly."
He also issued the following advice to make sure your plumbing doesn't fail at the time you need it most.
Keep your heating on low overnight. Temperatures hit their lowest at night and a little warmth will stop your pipes from freezing.
Make sure your pipes are properly lagged and insulated. Cheap lagging is available from all good DIY stores and can protect pipes from the cold.
Take care of your condensate pipe. This is the pipe that comes off the boiler and should always be properly lagged, even where it runs outside.
To find out more about NELC services in the winter period, including a full list of streets that will be gritted, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk, click on the transport section, then on the winter service link.
To report a pothole, call NELC's contact centre on 01472 324500.
To book a heating consultation with P and P Plumbing and Heating Services, call 01472 800797.