ICY roads and pavements could cause problems for South Yorkshire residents today – but forecasters said there will be no more of the white stuff for the Easter weekend.
Up to four inches of snow caused widespread disruption yesterday, with roads impassable on high ground and some bus services cancelled.
But milder air returned by the afternoon followed by a frost overnight, leading to a warning that melted snow, combined with freezing temperatures, would lead to ice this morning.
Sheffield Council said it treated a total of 1,160 kilometres – or around 720 miles – of roads with rock salt yesterday morning, and snow-ploughing had been necessary on some routes.
The A57 Snake Pass and A628 Woodhead Pass were closed for a time, while the Travel South Yorkshire public transport information website crashed under the press of demand from commuters struggling to find out whether their services were running.
John Charlton, director of Street Force at Sheffield Council, said: “Plans we had in place yesterday worked well, we were well prepared, and we worked to keep Sheffield on the move as much as we could.”
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive apologised for ‘technical problems’ affecting its website which meant people logging on hoping for timetable information could not access details due to the volume of demand.
But youngsters starting their Easter holidays from school were out enjoying the weather, sledging on the slopes at locations such as Graves Park and in Crosspool.
Sally Webb, weather forecaster for the Meteo Group, said: “People should be aware of ice this morning from the melted snow.
“Milder weather returned yesterday afternoon and overnight was due to be frosty with temperatures down as low as minus three.”
She said today is likely to be dry and bright, but temperatures would struggle up to reach 10C – half the warmth of last week.
Tonight is also set to bring frost in places, while tomorrow will be cloudy with showers.
Over the Easter weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are likely to be overcast, with the possibility of drizzle.