PEOPLE in Sheffield can expect a respite from the worst of the wintry weather today and tomorrow – but treacherous ice will still cause problems and more heavy snow could fall in the city at the end of the week.
Gritting lorries remain out on the streets, and salt is now being spread on side roads to reduce the risk of ice.
Yesterday, Sheffield returned to normality after snow wreaked havoc on Monday.
There were few disruptions on buses and many schools opened, though some started lessons later to allow for delays.
Sean Penston, from weather forecasters Meteogroup, said it will be dry but cold this morning, following temperatures of -2C last night.
He said there was a ‘slight chance’ of wintry showers, while mist and fog will descend tonight, with temperatures dropping to -3C.
Mr Penston said tomorrow will be mainly dry with patches of freezing fog, and conditions will be ‘very icy’. Overnight, temperatures as low as -7C are expected.
Mr Penston said: “It’ll get colder before it gets milder.”
He said Friday’s forecast is ‘uncertain’, but rain, sleet and snow are set to move in from the west.
He said: “It may or may not reach Sheffield by Friday night.
“It will probably bring an accumulation, and then move off to the east by Saturday morning. How much snow the city will get is very difficult to forecast at the moment.
“It will probably get a few centimetres at least.”
Sheffield’s fleet of gritters will be treating priority roads overnight for the rest of the week, and salt will be laid on footpaths and other streets during the daytime.
Contractors Amey are using 21 gritters fitted with snow ploughs, 11 tractor ploughs and three JCBs.
Betty Crofts, aged 70, from Wharncliffe Side, said she felt ‘so grateful’ when gritting staff offered to clear her drive after spotting her husband Rodger, 72, doing the job himself. She said: “They did a marvellous job.”
Norfolk Park and Bents Green special schools remained shut yesterday, while Westways Primary in Crookes, Springfield Primary in Broomhall and Greenlands Junior School in Darnall opened at 10am.
Bin collections are back on in Sheffield, with rubbish and recycling picked up one day later than usual.
Residents in Rotherham are being asked to leave bins out until they are emptied.
Chris Morris, Amey’s operational director said: “Our teams are working flat out to clear snow and lay grit to prevent the remaining snow compacting into ice.
“We therefore ask that people park sensibly to give us the room we need. We are working 24 hours a day.”