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Farmers worked through the night in freezing conditions to clear A140 of snow

PUBLISHED: 16:12 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:26 02 March 2018

Farmers and businesses came together to clear the A140 of snow between Pulham Market (pictured) and Long Stratton. Picture: Clayton Hudson

Farmers and businesses came together to clear the A140 of snow between Pulham Market (pictured) and Long Stratton. Picture: Clayton Hudson

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Two farmers braved the freezing temperatures and drifting snow overnight in an effort to clear the A140.

Farmers and businesses have cleared a section of the A140 from Pulham to Long Stratton. Picture: Clayton HudsonFarmers and businesses have cleared a section of the A140 from Pulham to Long Stratton. Picture: Clayton Hudson

Snow had blocked the road for most of Thursday making it impassable between the Pulham roundabout and Long Stratton.

Farmers and nearby businesses stepped in and worked tirelessly during the day to try and clear a route.

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Farmers trying to help clear the A140 with their tractors on March 1. Picture: NORFOLK POLICEFarmers trying to help clear the A140 with their tractors on March 1. Picture: NORFOLK POLICE

To make sure their efforts were not hindered by more drifting snow, farmers Jonathan ‘Jono’ Nurse and Jonathan Alexander worked overnight to move the snow off the road.

This morning (Friday) they were rejoined by farmers Ray Ford, Graham Moore and Robert Alexander, and Chris Kent of Kent Skips.

And by mid-morning they had cleared both lanes from Pulham to Long Stratton.

A police officer pictured up to his knees in snow on the A140 on March 1. Picture: NORFOLK POLICEA police officer pictured up to his knees in snow on the A140 on March 1. Picture: NORFOLK POLICE

South Norfolk and parish councillor Clayton Hudson, who was also part of the clearing team, said the helpers had been given authority to work on the road by Norfolk County Council.

“There was only one lane open this morning which was not really good for anyone,” he said. “There is always going to be people who are going to make essential journeys.

“We just needed to get it clear.”

The A140 being cleared at the Pulham roundabout on March 2. Picture: Clayton HudsonThe A140 being cleared at the Pulham roundabout on March 2. Picture: Clayton Hudson

The A140 being cleared at the Pulham roundabout on March 2. Picture: Clayton HudsonThe A140 being cleared at the Pulham roundabout on March 2. Picture: Clayton Hudson

The volunteers were given coffee and bacon rolls from Goodies Food Hall at Pulham Market as a thank you for their efforts.

A140 closed because of the weather. PIC: Norfolk Police Twitter.A140 closed because of the weather. PIC: Norfolk Police Twitter.

Mr Hudson added: “Drifting snow is always going to be a problem on that stretch because it is open and the snow was blowing directly off the fields.

“Hopefully if there is no huge amount of added snow fall, we don’t see any reason why we could not keep that route open.”

Due to more snow forecasted this afternoon and into this evening police are asking people to consider leaving work to travel home earlier and to not travel unless necessary.

Picture of snow-covered A140 on March 1. PIC: Norfolk Police TwitterPicture of snow-covered A140 on March 1. PIC: Norfolk Police Twitter

The effect of the drifting snow in Pulham Market. Picture: Clayton HudsonThe effect of the drifting snow in Pulham Market. Picture: Clayton Hudson

The effect of the drifting snow in Pulham Market. Picture: Clayton HudsonThe effect of the drifting snow in Pulham Market. Picture: Clayton Hudson

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