Roads closed due to weather hazard

TRAVELrc''Damage to drystone walls, caused by flooding from yesterday's storms, near Reeth, North Yorkshire.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 9, 2011. Scotland and northern England were the worst-affected areas of hurricane force winds with a top wind speed of 165mph recorded on the summit of the Cairngorms in Aberdeenshire yesterday, the Met Office said. See PA story WEATHER Snow.' Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
TRAVELrc''Damage to drystone walls, caused by flooding from yesterday's storms, near Reeth, North Yorkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 9, 2011. Scotland and northern England were the worst-affected areas of hurricane force winds with a top wind speed of 165mph recorded on the summit of the Cairngorms in Aberdeenshire yesterday, the Met Office said. See PA story WEATHER Snow.' Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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SHEFFIELD was cut off on its western side yesterday as gale-force winds, sheets of rain, snow, ice and cold temperatures forced some of the main arterial roads to shut.

The A57 Snake Pass was closed in both directions between Ladybower and Rivelin - after being classed as ‘hazardous’ because of ice and snow.

Also closed in both directions yesterday was the A6187 Winnats Pass between Hope and Castleton because of snow.

The wintery weather has affected trade at the Ladybower Inn on the Snake Pass which has suffered a drop in customers and several cancellations.

Chris McVeigh, who runs the pub, said: “We have had cancellations for weekend bookings because of the weather but it’s not too bad - we’ve got the fires lit and mulled wine ready for customers.”

He said: “The Snake’s been clear for a few days and here in the valley it’s just very wet and very cold.

“There has been some snow on the Snake - it’s the tops that have been bad.”

Hathersage Road, near the Fox House, was described as ‘hazardous’ with the road closed between Owler Bar and Brickhouse Lane.

But staff at the Fox House pub said it was business as usual.

Josh Wright, who works at the Fox House, said: “We’re not normally busy during the day anyway but we have some big bookings for the evening and haven’t had any cancellations. Cars are travelling past at around 30 - 35 miles per hour as it is no longer snowing but it was earlier.”

In Hathersage village the roads were clear but the manager of the Millstone pub, Glyn Booth, who travels from Dronfield said: “The drive to work was slushy around Fox House but as soon as you pass Surprise View it improved. “We’ve had a normalish amount of customers for this time of year. I’m not sure what the roads will be like over the next few days - I’ve heard that teperatures will drop to minus three so it could be tricky driving home then.”

Yesterday in Sheffield city centre Christmas shoppers cowered for the third day running as they were battered by howling winds and driving rain.