Snowbody panic: Lincoln prepares for snowy conditions

The snow finally reached Lincoln on Friday, November 26th but it is not certain if the city will get any more in the next week.

Currently the MET Office is forecasting cloud and temperatures around -1 degrees to 1 degree, but with forecasts rapidly changing the city could still be in for snow this week.


Snow finally reached Lincoln on Friday night. Photo: Jonathan Cresswell

Originally the University of Lincoln was worried about its open day that took place on Saturday, November 27th but it was not affected.

The university has already begun preparations for the winter weather, as a spokesman said: “The university has plans in place to cope with the onset of wintry weather.

“The university receives regular weather updates from the MET Office and these are used by the university’s campus incident management teams to implement coordinated procedures to ensure the safety and welfare of students, staff and visitors. This includes timely communications by email, the website and the Portal, which can all be accessed off-campus. The university’s estates team will take appropriate local measures if heavy snowfall does occur on campuses.”

The last time the snow struck, which was the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, there were national problems with the shortages of salt grit.

However, Lincolnshire was one of the few counties not to run out of salt supplies meaning there is more left over for the winter this time.

David Davies, principle maintenance engineer at Lincolnshire County Council, says the county is well prepared: “Our full fleet of 43 hi-tech gritting vehicles are on 24/7 standby, constantly monitoring conditions through roadside sensors, weather stations and regular information from the Met Office.

“We’re ready to treat 3008 km (1870 miles) of the county’s priority road networks, which includes all A and B-roads.

“However, we still strongly urge all motorists to drive carefully during the winter period, whether a route has been treated or not. Even salted roads are not always completely safe – salt can be a big help, but is not a complete cure.”

The Linc has its own gallery of the snowfall on Friday, and if you have pictures then feel free to send them to us and we shall make them part of our gallery.

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