The Beast from the East causes school closures and bus service suspensions in Sleaford area

NKDC refuse collection teams head out from their Metheringham to clear snow outside residents' bungalows this morning (Wednesday). Photographed by a reader. EMN-180228-115846001
NKDC refuse collection teams head out from their Metheringham to clear snow outside residents' bungalows this morning (Wednesday). Photographed by a reader. EMN-180228-115846001

The Beast from the East has truly hit Lincolnshire’s road network this morning with drivers reporting difficult travelling conditions across the county - particularly on hills - and many schools and transport services have had to be suspended.

Lincolnshire Police have declared a critical incident with many minor roads difficult to pass in the county and reporting 68 collisions since 7am today (Wednesday).

We are likely to see heavy snow throughout the afternoon.

A Divisional Commander with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service has said on Twitter: “Seriously, if you don’t NEED to travel today. DON’T. Despite all the best efforts of many, even the main roads are slow moving and driving conditions are terrible. Don’t make the emergency services have to go out unnecessarily as well in this!!”

Lincolnshire Police force control room Tweeted: “Please, please, please drive to the road conditions! Please don’t

In the Sleaford area side roads are snow covered but main roads appear passable with care. Country roads are also treacherous.

Sleafordian Coaches has suspended its bus routes due to the poor road conditions.

In a knock on effect, many schools have closed, in part due to reliance on coach companies delivering more than half their pupils suspending services.

Kesteven and Sleaford High School put out a message to parents: “Regrettably we have taken the decision to close KSHS today. School bus services have been suspended by the bus companies leaving 60 per cent of students without transport. Updates will be found on our website.”

This was the same picture for Carre’s Grammar school, St George’s Academy and Sir William Robertson Academy at Welbourn.

Church Lane Primary School has closed but William Alvey School has remained open, reminding parents to send children in warm clothing and boots, as has Rauceby School.

Other village schools have elected to close including Leasingham and Heckington.

Further closures can be seen elsewhere on our website.

East Midlands Trains were reporting rail services between Sleaford and Skegness have been experiencing problems.

The train service had been disrupted because of severe weather preventing signallers getting to work. There was also a points failure at Sleaford disrupting trains through the area, but that problem has also now been fixed.

East Midlands Trains have tweeted an update saying: “Due to heavy snow causing multiple issues at Skegness with more heavy snow forecast for this afternoon there will be no trains running between Boston and Skegness today.

“Because of dangerous road conditions we are unable to provide alternate road transport between Boston and Skegness. Please do not attempt to travel between these stations.

Due to the severe weather and road conditions, the CallConnect bus service has been suspended until 12pm today. If you have a booking for this morning this will be cancelled so there is no need to contact the team. For updates follow @callconnectbus or call 0345 234334.

North Kesteven District Council has announced there will be no bin collections today, Wednesday February 28. The council states the decision has been taken based on driving conditions and conditions underfoot for the collectors.

Areas affected included Harmston and Waddington.

They add: “We will continue to assess the situation in respect of subsequent days’ collections.”

They advise leaving bins out ready for collection on subsequent days and look out for details on the website as they put contingency plans in place, although further forecasted snow may delay these further.

However, in one of the many heart-warming tales of community spirit as the people of the county pull together against the adverse weather, the refuse collection team have found other ways to help the local residents.

With rounds cancelled the crews headed out to clear snow from council bungalows in Westfield Close and Prince’s Street near their Metheringham depot.

“They’ve also done this in the past as well,” said a council spokesman.

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A snowy day in Leasingham by local man Ted Clark. EMN-180228-095108001

A snowy day in Leasingham by local man Ted Clark. EMN-180228-095108001

Snow hits Sleaford this morning. EMN-180228-094434001

Snow hits Sleaford this morning. EMN-180228-094434001

A snowy day in Leasingham by local man Ted Clark. EMN-180228-095211001

A snowy day in Leasingham by local man Ted Clark. EMN-180228-095211001

This amazing picture of a Kingfisher on the River Slea in the snow was taken by local councillor Mark Suffield. EMN-180228-100437001

This amazing picture of a Kingfisher on the River Slea in the snow was taken by local councillor Mark Suffield. EMN-180228-100437001