WEATHER WARNING: Gusts of up to 60mph to follow the snowfall

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13/01/15''A police 4x4 makes its way along Axe Edge on the A53 between Leek and Buxton in the Staffordshire Peak District ahead of forecast further heavy snow showers across the country. The view is looking south into Derbyshire over the Manifold Valley.'''All Rights Reserved - F Stop Press. www.fstoppress.com. Tel: +44 (0)1335 300098
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Sheffielders woke up to a dusting of snow this morning after wintry showers swept across the city overnight.

The light snowfall and icy conditions proved a little tricky for early commuters, but forecasters say the snow will clear throughout the day as temperatures increase to six degrees.

Higher ground in the Peak District received heavier snowfall with open fields across the national park covered by a blanket of the white stuff.

Although no more snow is forecast for Sheffield in the next few days, the region will continue to experience challenging weather condition as heavy rain and gales set in.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind today and tomorrow, when gusts are expected to reach 60mph.

Forecasters say conditions will be dry and sunny until this evening when wind speeds will pick up to 50mph and a band of rain will spread west across the country.

Tomorrow the strong winds are expected to continue throughout the day with gales of up to 60mph, accompanied by squally showers. By evening the showers will clear.

A Met Office spokesman warned: “The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to transport and possibly power supplies.”

Temperatures are set to get colder on Friday when there could be some wintry showers.

In light of the forecast vets are warning pet owners not to forget about small furry animals, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, who are vulnerable to the cold and damp despite their fur coats.

The British Veterinary Association and British Veterinary Zoological Society are asking owners with outdoor hutches and runs to be vigilant during the cold snap and make sure that their pets’ living space is well-protected from the bitter weather.

British Veterinary Association president John Blackwell, said: “Despite their warm fur coats, domestic rabbits and guinea pigs can be very vulnerable to extremes in weather.

“The cold and the wet are particularly harmful to these animals and as the cold weather hits, we are asking owners to keep an extra eye on their rabbits and guinea pigs, particularly if they are housed outside.

“If you stop to think about it, wild rabbits live in burrows underground, where the temperature is relatively constant and the animal is well-sheltered from wind, snow and rain. We ask owners to try and make sure that their pets do not suffer unnecessarily in the cold and that the temperature and dryness of their pet’s home is kept as close to the animal’s natural environment as possible.”

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