MORE snow is expected to fall in Sheffield tonight - with the chance of up to 7cm by tomorrow morning, writes Richard Blackledge.
A belt of snow spreading up from the south will bring up to three centimetres this evening, and overnight a further four to seven centimetres is predicted, with as much as 10cm on higher ground.
Sheffield Council says gritters will be out on the roads tonight keeping main roads clear in the hope of avoiding chaos in tomorrow’s rush hour, but commuters are being asked to allow extra time for their journeys.
Billy Payne, from Meteogroup, said South Yorkshire will be covered in a fresh blanket of snow on Monday morning.
“You’ll certainly notice fresh snow, I think,” he said.
“There’ll be a fairly nice covering by tomorrow morning, but there’ll be more to come by the time the snow moves away to the north by the early afternoon.”
Billy added: “Much of the snow is going to be quite light, but there’s a risk of some heavier bursts throughout the evening. Some of it will be on the heavier side, particularly through the first part of the night, possibly into the early hours as well.
“Expect some further accumulations. Through tonight from 6pm until 6pm, it’s looking like there’s going to be about five centimetres.
“During the day tomorrow it will ease off, but there’s certainly the potential for maybe three centimetres.
“Overall it’s looking like about 10 centimetres or so, perhaps a bit more, throughout the whole event.”
Temperatures will drop to a low of minus four Celsius tonight.
Sheffield’s fleet of 21 gritters will have spread a further 900 tonnes of rock salt by the early hours.
Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said main roads have been kept clear so far during the cold weather.
“We’re fully prepared for more traffic on the roads tomorrow morning as many people return to work after the weekend,” he said.
“I would ask people to allow extra time for their journeys and to be patient with us, as the gritters will need to be out during the rush hour too.”
Billy from Meteogroup said the weather should turn milder throughout next week, but there is a chance snowy conditions may return at the weekend.
Ice and snow are holding up motorists on the A57 Snake Pass, which the RAC says is ‘just passable’. Motorists are advised to use the Woodhead Pass instead.