Sports fixtures cancelled in Sheffield as more snow is forecast

Weston Park in the snow.
Weston Park in the snow.
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SPORTING events across Sheffield are being cancelled this weekend due to snow-covered pitches - and more snow is forecast.

Weather experts say around 10 to 15cm of snow is expected to fall tomorrow afternoon into Saturday morning.

The poor weather conditions have stopped sporting fixtures across the county.

Sheffield Council said today all football fixtures planned for this Saturday and Sunday at its parks, playing fields and at some school venues had been cancelled.

David Judge, outdoor sports administrator for the council’s parks and countryside, said: “The snow covering has prevented us from getting on to the pitches and marking them out and we don’t have the resources to clear the snow as we have 130 pitches at parks and playing fields.

“It is hoped that fixtures planned for the following weekend, February 2 and 3, will go ahead if the weather improves. An announcement will be made on Wednesday or Thursday next week.”

Laura Cauldwell, of Meteogroup, said today would be cold with some snow showers and a maximum temperature of two degrees.

Snow is expected to start again tomorrow afternoon, with cold winds.

She said: “There will be widespread snow which will turn heavy in the afternoon and overnight into Saturday.

“We are looking at about 10 to 15cm of snow by Saturday morning.”

She said the maximum temperature on Friday would be around freezing.

Two of four Young Voices concerts at Sheffield Arena were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday, but went ahead as scheduled last night.

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