Melton sees first snow of 2016

Brothers Aiden and Alex Kinghorn get some speed up in Play Close EMN-160118-102737001
Brothers Aiden and Alex Kinghorn get some speed up in Play Close EMN-160118-102737001
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Melton saw its first snowfall of 2016 at the weekend but the icy blast isn’t expected to last, with warmer temperatures predicted from today and into early next week according to the Met Office.

Day temperatures in Melton are expected to reach 11 degrees Celsius by Sunday and Monday, reaching a low of seven degrees Celsius overnight.

Two-year old Fergus Gallagher puts the finishing touches to his snowman with parents Jason and Emma EMN-160118-110612001

Two-year old Fergus Gallagher puts the finishing touches to his snowman with parents Jason and Emma EMN-160118-110612001

Snow fell across Melton overnight on Saturday and youngsters were quick to enjoy it while it lasted, as these snaps taken by our photographer Tim Williams show.

Meanwhile Leicestershire’s gritters hit the roads as the cold snap hit the county over the weekend.

​Seventeen gritters treated key routes with almost 560 tonnes of grit as temperatures dipped below zero and a flurry of snow arrived.

A 50-strong team of snow wardens is also on standby and ready to clear and grit key footpaths, and provide valuable information on weather conditions in their particular areas.

Egerton Lodge residents woke up to a snowy scene in the Memorial Gardens EMN-160118-110838001

Egerton Lodge residents woke up to a snowy scene in the Memorial Gardens EMN-160118-110838001

Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport Peter Osborne said: “Our barns are stocked with 18,000 tonnes of grit - enough to last throughout the winter – and our gritters and drivers are geared up to work round-the-clock during bad weather to keep Leicestershire moving.

​“There are simple steps residents can take too. Plan ahead by familiarising yourself with gritted routes, check your tyre pressure and tread depth, and make sure you’ve got warm clothes to hand if you’re heading out - this will take just minutes but could save you hours and will help to keep you safe.”

Residents are urged to prepare for the winter weather too by checking out gritting routes and allowing plenty of time for journeys.

​Keeping warm, getting the flu jab and checking on vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours are also simple ways residents can make sure they are warm and well.

​More information, including interactive gritting maps, is available at www.leics.gov.uk/winterweather or by calling (0116) 305 0001.

​For more winter tips follow #StayWellThisWinter or @leicscountyhall on Twitter.

l You can send us your wintry snaps by emailing your photos to editor@meltontimes.co.uk