Retro: Not snow bad as this lot

The big freeze 1962/63 - snow'February 1963
The big freeze 1962/63 - snow'February 1963
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So we’ve hit the deep midwinter and it’s snow on snow on snow again (and I’m not just talking about the endless news stories about the bad weather).

If you were trapped on the M18 or other roads for hours over the past couple 0f days, the idea of a winter wonderland is probably slightly less appealing than if you’re an eight-year-old desperate to try out the new sledge that Santa got down the chimney.

29NowFF'Snow cutting on Uppergate Road in the 1920s by the war memorial.

29NowFF'Snow cutting on Uppergate Road in the 1920s by the war memorial.

Of course one big snowfall, as disruptive as it has proved, is nothing compared to the appalling winter of 1962-3 and the big freeze of 1947, which are both reckoned some of the worst in living memory.

As our pictures of the 1962-3 winter show, snow ploughs had to be used to get through huge snow drifts and barges were even iced up in the Canal Wharf.

Eventually ice breaker barges had to be called in to free Sheffield canal.

Nicknamed the Little Ice Age, the snow stuck around for 70 days, according to the weather station at Weston Park Museum.

Snow at Station Road, Edale, 1947.

Snow at Station Road, Edale, 1947.

So many football matches were cancelled that the Pools Panel had to be invented to decide the most likely outcome of games so that people could continue to play the pools.

Every single match in the country was cancelled for two weeks running.

Outlying Peak District farms, where the snow was eight feet high in many places, had to have food parcels dropped off to them.

Sheffield city Engineers Department spent a thenrecord £140,000 on salting and gritting 53,000 miles of roads and clearing 14,000 tonnes of snow, twice the amount that they had ever previously spent.

Famously, a plan to use explosives to clear the Snake Pass failed because no-one could get to it through the snow.

In 1947, the effects of war and rationing made the tough winter of 1947 far worse for Sheffielders.

Snow fell every day in the UK between January 22 and March 17 and it was so cold that it remained on the ground for much longer than that.

As coal stocks dwindled, power cuts were ordered by the government and there were fears that Sheffield’s heavy industry could grind to a halt, leading to lay-offs and families struggling with no money coming in.

Milk ran out in February as supplies from farms could not be transported to the city.

Prisoners of war were put to work clearing the snow in Lodge Moor.