Forecasters were predicting some fine and dry weather relief for Sheffield today after the region faced a blanket of snow and freezing temperatures.
Bus services were cancelled, roads were jammed and people were forced to don their wellies or walking boots for the trip to school or work yesterday, as snow settled across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and the Peak District.
Many of the region’s schools were either closed for the day or reduced their opening hours, with teachers and pupils alike unable to get there safely in the snow and ice.
And waste and recycling collections were delayed as the snow continued to fall into the evening.
Veolia, which carries out the collections for Sheffield Council, advised residents to leave out their blue bins and boxes if they weren’t collected yesterday so that crews can collect them as soon as it is safe to do so.
Extra crews will work for the rest of the week and into the weekend if required.
Francis Drew of Veolia said: “Collections will only be suspended where absolutely necessary. Most of our collection trucks weigh up to 32 tonnes, so we have to be sure roads are clear enough for us to work safely without causing any damage.
“We know that conditions can improve during the day, so crews will continue to regularly re-visit all areas where bins haven’t been emptied.”
Both Snake and Woodhead passes through the Peak District between Sheffield and Manchester were closed yesterday.
The adverse weather caused chaos in some neighbourhoods, with a car crashing through the front of a house in Meersbrook.
A gritter and lorry became stuck travelling up the steep Bents Road in Bents Green, Sheffield, while broken-down buses caused disruption on both Walkley Lane, Walkey and Normanton Hill, Intake.
Public transport was severely affected across Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Chesterfield during the morning rush hour and towards lunchtime, with many services either cancelled or re-routed to avoid the most dangerous driving conditions. Services slowly returned to normal by the afternoon.
Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead team, which is responsible for gritting in the city, said all primary routes were cleared by 6am yesterday and teams then moved on to work on the secondary routes.
A spokesman said yesterday afternoon: “Since 6pm on Tuesday, we had 19 gritters out on the road laying about 750 tonnes of salt. As snow continued to fall, we deployed a number of gritters back to the primary roads on higher ground to ensure they remained as clear as possible.
“Temperatures were expected to fall rapidly yesterday afternoon with a risk of ice forming on the roads and pavements. Gritters continued to treat the roads in response to this.
“The weather conditions are being monitored continuously and we will act in accordance with them.”
All residents and drivers were asked to take extra care when travelling this morning as conditions were still expected to be difficult.
But the snow has not caused all doom and gloom in the region.
In Dronfield, a tractor cleared the car park of the local Sainsbury’s before moving onto the civic centre to help shoppers and retailers get around safely.
Rocky the dog on our video above was certainly enjoying his frolick in the snow.
And many young residents were spotted making the most of the winter wonderland by making snow angels, building snow men and sledging down snowy banks and fields.
A ‘severe’ weather warning remained in place for today, with the prospect of outbreaks of sleet and snow, especially on higher ground, until noon.
But forecasters were predicting Sheffield was to have a mainly dry and brighter day today, with some sunny spells likely.
Met Office spokesman Dan Williams said: “Today is set to be cold, with the top temperatures maybe scraping 2C but more likely 1C.
“The day looks like it will be dry throughout and fairly cloudy but brightening up later on and some sunny spells in the afternoon.
“It will be another cold night tonight, with temperatures dropping to -2C or -3C.”
Tomorrow is set to be cloudy, with rain and hill snow and increasing winds later.