VIDEO: South Yorkshire folk have weekend of fun in the snow

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It may have been too late for a White Christmas – but the blanket of snow which covered the region was here in time for a white weekend of fun.

Families from all over South Yorkshire wrapped up in their winter woollies and headed out for fun and games in the white stuff after it covered South Yorkshire on Boxing Day evening.

Children sledged down any slopes they could find while others bravely battled in snowball fights or made festive snow angels and snowmen.

Readers on The Star’s Facebook page sent in their own snaps of snowy scenes and children having fun.

Temperatures were set to drop again last night and today forecasters predicted another chilly day, with the mercury remaining as low as -2C. Meanwhile, Sheffielders stuck in gridlocked traffic on Boxing Day evening have continued their calls for an improvement to the city’s gritting situation.

Many angry readers contacted The Star with concerns over an apparent lack of salt on the roads and empty grit bins.

But a spokesman for Amey, the council contractor in charge of gritting, insisted its teams had been out ‘around the clock.’
The spokesman said: “The Streets Ahead team completed a full grit run before the snow and we have manned 19 gritters around the clock since then, laying over 700 tonnes of grit to keep Sheffield moving.

“All priority one routes were passable by 5am on Saturday morning and we continued to work on the priority two roads all day.”

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Families from all over South Yorkshire wrapped up in their winter woollies and headed out for fun and games in the white stuff after it covered South Yorkshire on Boxing Day evening.

Snowy fun in Killamarsh. Boxing Day snow. Picture submitted by Kate Coyle

Snowy fun in Killamarsh. Boxing Day snow. Picture submitted by Kate Coyle

Children sledged down any slopes they could find while others bravely battled in snowball fights or made festive snow angels and snowmen.

Readers on The Star’s Facebook page sent in their own snaps of snowy scenes and children having fun.

Temperatures were set to drop again last night and today forecasters predicted another chilly day, with the mercury remaining as low as -2C.

Meanwhile, Sheffielders stuck in gridlocked traffic on Boxing Day evening have continued their calls for an improvement to the city’s gritting situation.

Many angry readers contacted The Star with concerns over an apparent lack of salt on the roads and empty grit bins.

But a spokesman for Amey, the council contractor in charge of gritting, insisted its teams had been out ‘around the clock.’

The spokesman said: “The Streets Ahead team completed a full grit run before the snow and we have manned 19 gritters around the clock since then, laying over 700 tonnes of grit to keep Sheffield moving.

“All priority one routes were passable by 5am on Saturday morning and we continued to work on the priority two roads all day.

“Our teams gritted all of our routes again on Saturday evening.”

Bad weather, gridlocked traffic, abandoned vehicles and fallen trees caused problems for the emergency services, with fire engines and ambulances struggling to get around the county.

One patient in need of medical care had to be collected from Loxley in a fire service 4X4, as the ambulance got into difficulty on the icy roads.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service urged people to call 999 only in an absolute emergency - when it is obvious somebody has a serious or life-threatening illness or injury.

Dr David Macklin, executive director of operations, said: “We have tried and tested plans in place to ensure that we can operate effectively in the adverse weather conditions but ask that members of the public continue to use the service wisely.

“We don’t want to deter people from calling 999 in serious cases such as heart attack, breathing difficulties or stroke for example, and please be reassured that we are focusing our efforts on reaching patients with life-threatening illnesses and serious injuries as a priority.”

The region’s NHS 111 urgent care telephone service, run by Yorkshire Ambulance Service, has also been experiencing very high demand.

Callers are asked to be patient while waiting for the phone to be answered and for call-backs from clinicians.

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