Gloucester Rugby's Operations Manager Sean Roberts provided the club website with the latest information with regard to the state of the Kingsholm pitch ahead of Saturday's Heineken Cup against Biarritz Olympique (kick off 3pm).
The stadium has been a hive of activity over the past three days as it's been all hands to the pumps according to Sean:
"It's been a fantastic effort. Dave Balmer and his ground staff, the Community department, a number of volunteers and even people from the office have all been pitching in."
"We got all the snow off the covers throughout Monday onto the sides of the pitch and then shifted it using wheelbarrows into the car park. On Tuesday, the remaining snow around the sides of the pitch was removed in the same way."
"On Tuesday night, the whole county saw snow and Kingsholm didn't dodge that particular bullet. We had a good couple of inches on the pitch on Wednesday morning."
"However, temperatures stayed reasonably high and the pitch is in good nick under the covers. All that snow has now been moved as well."
"We've now removed the frost sheets and the team from Sports and Stadia Services are now on site to install the heated covers."
"They should be done in the next couple of hours in good time for the anticipated drop in temperatures this evening."
"With warmer weather and rain on the way towards the end of the week, we're confident that the pitch will be ready for Saturday and our attention will now turn towards the concourse and car parks and making sure that the stadium is fit for purpose."
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.