THICK snow and sub-zero temperatures led to a lost weekend for many South Yorkshire families as people opted to stay indoors and keep warm.
Traffic was brought to a standstill, businesses were closed and a host of events had to be cancelled due to below freezing temperatures and snowfall.
Gritters from Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead team were out in force on the city’s main roads but a high number of bus services were suspended or operating limited routes. Trains were also hit by delays and cancellations.
Chanii Kara, aged 21, of Hackenthorpe, said: “I needed to go out and rely on bus services but the area where I live was covered in snow.”
Emergency services faced a surge in calls during Friday, Saturday and Sunday to a number of road collisions and accidents caused by weather conditions.
On Friday night fire crews from Sheffield’s Aston fire station were called out to a help a motorist had lost control and overturned on the M1 northbound at 9.30pm.
Some shops and businesses were unable to trade on the busiest day of the week, including Fable Charity shops in Crookes, Ecclesall Road, Woodseats and Herries Road.
A community clean in Sharrow ahead of its annual Lantern Carnival was called off because the area was inches deep in snow.
Organisers planned to lead volunteers on a litter pick of the route the parade will travel along in preparation for the April 7 festival, but the conditions offered little opportunity to carry out the work required.
Sheffield and District African Caribbean Community Association’s annual multicultural celebration due to take place on Saturday had to be called off, along with a planned protest at Sheffield Central Library in opposition to closures.
David Kirkham, of Sheffield Uncut, said: “The protest has been postponed. It will still go ahead but we haven’t fixed a date yet.”
Social gatherings also fell victim to the weather, such as Crookes Social Club’s weekly band night.
Concert secretary Gerry Lax said: “We cancelled the band – we’ve got a few older members who’d struggle to get in. We should be back on as normal next week.”
Meanwhile Stannington Infants School scrapped plans for its annual bunny hunt yesterday.
But some families and youngsters made the most of the snow by enjoying sledging and snowboarding.
There were spills and thrills galore on the slopes in Crookes Valley where high-flying youngsters showed off their snowboarding skills.
Star readers fed up with the cold spell took to Twitter and Facebook to vent their frustrations.
Lynn Moss said: “Granddaughter Lily’s birthday party cancelled, she is six today. About 20 disappointed kids.”
“Hairdresser can’t travel, so no trim for interview, not life threatening but annoying,” added Audrey Mellars.
Freezing weather will continue
WINTER weather conditions are set to last well into this week – with the prospect of a very chilly bank holiday weekend.
Forecasts predict temperatures will barely rise above freezing today, tomorrow and Wednesday – and have not ruled out the possibility of more snow.
Easter might be around the corner but it looks as though people in South Yorkshire can forget about packing away their winter thermals for the time being.
Chris Burton, of weather forecasters Meteogroup, said: “There is a chance of a few light snow showers but nothing like we have seen in the past few days.
“As we move towards Easter weekend it does not look like it will warm up too much. At the moment it looks like it is going to be quite cold.
“The end of the month is likely to bring milder but wet weather. Maximum temperatures will be six to seven degrees but will probably be a little below that.”