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Rural roads in Leicestershire closed by the snow drifts

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Diggers and ploughs have been used to clear snowdrifts in Leicestershire as some rural roads remained closed yesterday due to the wintry conditions.

Farmers joined county council staff to try to help re-open roads between Melton and Harborough and in Coalville, after 10cms of snow fell over the weekend.

Forecasters have predicted icy temperatures will continue throughout the week and have said more snow could fall, possibly during the Easter weekend.

Mercury weatherman Dave Mutton said: "At the moment, the mean temperature for March is 2.8C and even though there is a week left, that makes it the coldest March since 1962.

"This week is going to be bitterly cold and there are going to be snow showers which will continue throughout the week.

"On Saturday, we could have some more substantial snow as we saw at the weekend. It always seems we get really cold weather when Easter is early.

"As for Easter Sunday, if we get that snow on Saturday, we may well have three or four inches on the ground by Sunday."

About 30 farmers from Tilton-on-the-Hill, Somerby and Foxton helped council gritter teams clear roads yesterday.

A council spokesman said: "Gritters with ploughs and JCBs have been out today clearing snow drifts in roads across the county.

"Areas particularly affected were the Twycross area, north west Leicestershire and roads between Melton and Harborough.

"Although clearance has taken place, drivers are asked to take extra care as strong winds mean drifting is still occurring and roads we have opened may well become impassable again."

Three roads in the north west of the county, which were blocked by snow drifts yesterday morning, were later reopened.

They were Ashby Road, in Ravenstone, Warren Hills Road, in Coalville and Midland Road, in Ellistown.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre was shut on Sunday and yesterday due to the bad weather and the drifting snow.

It is expected to reopen today.

Organisers of Easter events have already begun to reschedule.

The Woodland Pytchley Point-to-Point meeting at Dingley, near Market Harborough, on Saturday has been postponed due to heavy snow on the course. A statement on the Point to Point Racing Company website said it will be rescheduled.

Gritters were scheduled to go out again last night to treat about 1,200 miles of roads across the county.

Flights to and from East Midlands Airport were back to normal after many were suspended at the weekend.

A spokeswoman said yesterday that unless there was heavy snow, it should not impact on flights.

Leicestershire Police said there had been "no major issues" due to the snow – except drifts in the north west of the county – and the fire service said they had not attended any snow-related emergencies.

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Rural roads in Leicestershire closed by the snow drifts


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