Lincoln villagers were rubbing their eyes in disbelief as they were showered with large hail stones on May 5.

The unexpected thunderstorm over the city and surrounding areas released a sheet of mint-imperial-like stones, causing local people to reach for their cameras.

Unseasonable bad weather fell as the county endured a cold, wet and windy start to May.

People in Cherry Willingham and Wragby contacted The Lincolnite as they watched in amazement.

Hail stones at Lincoln Rugby Club in Nettleham | Photo: Louise Budgen

Joe Young in Wragby filmed the downpour. He said: “It lasted about 30 minutes. The biggest were about the size of a penny.”

Louise Budgen picked up grape-sized stones during a chilly training session at Lincoln Rugby Club in Nettleham.

Hail stones at Lincoln Rugby Club in Nettleham | Photo: Louise Budgen

A new 30mph speed limit has been implemented outside the emergency services hub on South Park Avenue in Lincoln.

The road was previously 40mph at South Park Avenue before dropping to 30mph on South Park itself, once you were past the fire station.

It is believed that this has been done to improve safety in the area, particularly at the new emergency services hub that opened in 2019.

New speed limits outside the emergency services hub in Lincoln. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Lincolnshire County Council approved an extension of the 30mph limit on the road in June 2020, expanding the limit to Canwick Road.

This was in order to cover the entrance to the site and improve safety.

Karen Cassar, assistant director for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Last year, the planning and regulation committee supported extending the 30mph speed limit outside the emergency services hub on South Park Avenue in Lincoln.

“At the time, members also noted that it would help to improve air quality, and that there were two schools located in the area.

“The legal order is in place, and work is taking place this week to remove the 40mph signs from this section of the road to enact the new limit.”

Over 20 schools in Lincolnshire have closed on Wednesday after snowy and icy weather conditions across the county this week.

The Met Office previously issued a yellow warning for snow that is due to run until 11.59pm on February 10.

Snow showers and icy conditions continue to cause some travel disruption in places, with reports of vehicles sliding off roads.

Lincolnshire County Council said it has been notified of the following school closures:

  • Charles Read Academy
  • Horbling Browns Primary School
  • Osbournby Primary School
  • Chestnut Street Ruskington
  • St Bernards School
  • St Lawrence School
  • Kesteven and Sleaford High School
  • Billingborough Primary School
  • Great Ponton C of E Primary
  • Carre’s Grammar School
  • Butterwick Primary School
  • St Gilbert of Sempringham School
  • Alford Primary School
  • St George’s Academy
  • Sandon School
  • Ambergate Sports College
  • The Garth School
  • Ingoldsby Academy
  • Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding
  • Springwell Alternative Academy Grantham
  • Springwell Alternative Academy Mablethorpe
  • St Bartholomew’s at West Pinchbeck

The county’s coronavirus vaccination and testing centres remain open as normal, but it is advised to allow extra time for your journey.

Meanwhile, the government’s Flood Information Service said there are currently six flood alerts affecting Lincolnshire.

This means flooding is possible and to be prepared in the following areas:

  • Lower River Ancholme
  • Lower River Witham
  • Minor Watercourses from Heighington to Dunston
  • River Idle in Nottinghamshire
  • River Trent from Cromwell Weir to Gainsborough
  • Tributaries of the lower River Witham from Blankney to Sleaford

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