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More snow on the way and temperatures could drop to -9C in Lincolnshire

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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Weather forecasters have warned people in Lincolnshire to brace themselves for more snow on Friday, January 18, and Saturday, January 19 as freezing temperatures continue to bite across the county.

Night-time temperatures were expected to drop to -9C in some parts of Lincolnshire on Tuesday, January 22, before rising to 7C during the day on Wednesday, January 23.

A level-three cold weather alert remains in place from the Met Office and police say snow and ice has caused more than 70 crashes on Lincolnshire's roads since last weekend.

Police received 40 calls to report weather-related road collisions during Monday, January 14, with a further 30 on the Tuesday and Wednesday.

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This is around three times more than they would usually receive at this time of year.

Meanwhile, Lincolnshire County Council is urging parish councils to join its 'self-help' programme for clearing snow and ice. In return for agreed participation, the county council provides one tonne of salt, for free.

Those wishing to take part will need to agree to:

A contact point for the exchange of information.

The priority footways that are intended to be cleared.

The quantity and location of additional salt supplies.

For more information call 01522 552222. For more information about general winter maintenance visit: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/gritting

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  • BCS Ltd Turf  |  January 18 2013, 7:26PM

    terrible weather.....

  • Phil1W  |  January 17 2013, 10:02PM

    Maybe all the thieving Billy Burglars and Dick ******s will stay at home during this cold weather.

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  • Pete67  |  January 17 2013, 6:17PM

    M_C_Donald - - - I never (if you notice), said that anyone had been sued, but only that it was possible that they could be sued. I still stick by my words on that Here are a couple of sites for you 'http://tinyurl.com/b3nb8sv or if you prefer one of the tabloids 'http://tinyurl.com/aspkhfw Add to that my earlier site or indeed the site given by TB78WHlNE, and you will see that in theory (though unlikely), it is possible that the worst could happen. At least down here I've never seen it higher than my garden gate (though I suppose 900 feet above sea level makes a slight difference). When it's that high it does make for a bit of shifting.

  • Roadscource  |  January 17 2013, 5:52PM

    M_C_Donald, the Government website states "use common sense to make sure that you don't make the pavement or pathway clearly more dangerous than before. To prove an injury case you would just have to show that you had walked 4 miles on a depth of snow which provided grip by deforming beneath your foot, but upon stepping off this natural snow surface onto a smooth surface cleared of snow by a homeowner, the actions of whom had resulted in a surface upon which black ice had formed, you sailed 6 feet into the air before landing on your head. I would say that proves it was "clearly more dangerous than before".

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  • M_C_Donald  |  January 17 2013, 4:50PM

    Pete Don't be such a wimp and grow a pair. If you clear the snow off the path outside your house a sensible manner (i.e. don't use hot water to melt the ice) with a spade and brush. If someone tried to sue you because they injured themself on the stretch you cleared, they would have to prove that you cleared the snow in the first instance and that you were reckless in doing so in the second. Maybe you can provide evidence of where someone has be found been found guilty of recklessly clearing snow/ice from outside their house. The precedent that you seem to be implying would see every council and the Highways Agency in court every time they ploughed or gritted the roads.

  • Roadscource  |  January 17 2013, 4:08PM

    "I suggest you quit whilst you're behind" I suggest you quit before we all die of boredom.

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  • Pete67  |  January 17 2013, 3:45PM

    TB78WHlNE - - - Re your 09:40 post sorry I forgot to mention that I also had a look on the website you gave, and it plainly says 'If you clear snow and ice carefully you are unlikely to be held liable' so to my mind I did get my facts right, but you seem to have missed that bit (I only checked the other site to make absolute sure). It does actually say it twice on yours (once at the top, and also lower down where it mentions Northern Ireland).

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  • Pete67  |  January 17 2013, 3:16PM

    TB78WHlNE - - - If they aren't going to do anything about it they won't complain, if they do what would be the options. P.S. I don't like quitting as it's never been my style (apart from maybe the odd jobs I've worked at).

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  January 17 2013, 3:11PM

    "Iv'e just had a look on the Government site, and that says 'It's unlikely that you'll be sued or held responsible' which is completely different than 'you wont be sued or held responsible'." Which in turn is completely different to "the matter usually goes to one of the accident compensation firms, and unless your insurance will cover it you can end up thousands of pounds out of pocket", which was my point. I suggest you quit whilst you're behind.

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  • eatmygoal  |  January 17 2013, 12:29PM

    Can hear the gentle clatter of a spade on hard earth and the patter of soil being dropped to the side. Someone must be still digging away...

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