COUNTY Highways were caught out by the snowstorm that hit Grantham this lunchtime, saying it came sooner than expected.
A spokesman said: “Gritting teams in the Grantham area were expecting to go out salting this afternoon, as snow wasn’t expected until later on. However the Met Office issued a revised forecast just after 14:00 as rain turned to snow in the area, so the gritting teams went out earlier at 14:30.
“There were multiple runs overnight so there would have been plenty of salt down, however this takes time and the action of traffic to melt any settling snow.
“The road surface temperatures weren’t actually forecast to fall below 0 until later in the day so settling snow wouldn’t have been expected.
“The duty officers are aware of the situation and the gritting crews are out doing all they can.”
By 3am, most of the snow had melted.
Barrowby Road and Somerby Hill cas vehicles failed to get a grip on the hills.
Drivers on Dysart Road and Barrowby Gate also struggled to cope.
A van collided with a lamp post on New Beacon Road and there was an accident on Sandon Road.
And Sankt Agustin way was partially closed due to a broken down lorry outside next and
Photos: Barrowby Gate near Tesco by Jessica Vincent