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Ice warning issued as travel disruption expected to continue

The Met Office has warned that more weather disruption could be on the way after yesterday’s snowfall turns to ice this evening.


A yellow weather warning for ICE has been issued for the Melton area which will be in place from 6pm this evening until 10am tomorrow (Tuesday).


On Sunday the Melton region saw the heaviest snowfall for years after around 15cm fell in some parts of the area causing some local schools to shut their sites on Monday.


Snow in Melton town centre on Monday. Photo: NEMM.


Roads across the area were also badly effected with cars getting stuck on fresh snow and road accidents being causes due to slippery surfaces.


Members of the volunteer group Leicestershire and Rutland 4x4 Response team as well as local farmers and residents were out helping people stuck in the snow. This included Leicester Road, Melton and the road around Frisby Top.

Leicestershire & Rutland 4x4 Response volunteers helping stranded vehicles. Photo: Leicestershire & Rutland 4x4 Response.


Rutland Police were singing the groups praises on social media last night urging local people to donate if they can. They posted: "What a fantastic group of volunteers the Leics/Rutland 4x4 response are. Tony has helped me this evening. Use their own vehicles. It a charity! They’ve pulled loads of cars out today."


You can donate to the charity, who help residents in snow and flooding, via their website here.


The weather warning which has been issued by the Met Office tells people to expect some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces. It also says there will probably be some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements, and cycle paths.


Melton Borough Council tweeted today (Monday) advising that due to the bad conditions refuse collections in the area would not take place as planned. Instead, they are asking residents due for a collection to leave their bins out and they will be collected on top of normal routes, by Saturday.


Highways England took to social media to advise of the high number of incidents they were attending. They posted: “We are dealing with a high volume of incidents across the region this morning. If you MUST make your ESSENTIAL journey, then please drive to the conditions #DriveToArrive #DriveToTheConditions”.


Heavy snow fell in Melton on Sunday causing widespread problems on the roads. Photo: NEMM.


East Midlands Ambulance Service also said they had a high number of calls due to the weather. They said in a statement: “We are currently experiencing a high volume of calls to our service. Only call 999 in a life-threatening emergency to help ensure we continue to respond to the patients that need us. Please visit NHS 111 online https://111.nhs.uk or ring 111 if you need help and advice.”


Leicestershire County Council confirmed their gritters were out in action over night saying: “Our gritters were out twice overnight treating all our priority routes. Our emergency crews dealt with seven call outs last night. But the roads are icy and there's still lots of snow - please stay home unless you have to make an essential journey.”


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