More snow due to fall as big freeze closes roads

Big freeze: A snow-bound street in South Anston yesterday.
Big freeze: A snow-bound street in South Anston yesterday.
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SNOW and ice brought disruption to South Yorkshire with roads closed by crashes and traffic grinding to standstill in hazardous condition.

South Yorkshire Police closed the A57 between Todwick Crossroads and Goosecarr Lane, and from junction 31 of the M1, after a collision at around 6am yesterday during heavy snowfall.

Firefighters called to the crash scene had to cut a woman free from her car after it landed on its side down a ditch.

Police said a 52-year-old woman in a Toyota Aygo suffered minor neck and chest injuries.

She was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Police also closed Penistone Road, Burncross, in both directions after a collision.

And the Snake Pass was also closed because of hazardous driving conditions.

Sheffield city centre escaped the heavy showers and the roads remained clear but outlying suburbs received a covering of snow – causing chaos for motorists during early morning rush hour.

Sheffield Parkway was covered under a blanket of snow at around 6am, leaving motorists battling through blizzard-like conditions to get to work.

The Mosborough Bypass came to a standstill as the snow fell.

Weather forecasters predicted some wintry showers today but they are not expecting any more snow.

Claire Ostin, from weather forecasters Meteogroup, said this morning will be mainly dry, with the potential of some wintry showers and the chance of sleet and snow on high ground, as a band of rain moves up from the south.

She said there will be a moderate north-westerly wind and that today will feel ‘quite chilly’, with thermometers dropping to around -2C tonight.

“There’s a risk of widespread ice from many of the showers during the day,” Claire said.

Tomorrow and Sunday will also be mostly dry with the risk of wintry showers.

Maximum daytime temperatures will be 4-5C, falling as low as -3C at night.

Claire said conditions yesterday morning could have been made worse by hail and sleet overnight.

“There was quite a lot of hail and sleet around that night – with hail and sleet if it’s heavy enough it can leave a covering, and it can freeze if the temperatures get quite cold,” she added.

■ Sheffield Council’s gritting team has been criticised for saying the snow caught them by surprise – because they received an email yesterday morning warning of a 70 per cent likelihood of snowfall.

Opposition Lib Dem leader Coun Shaffaq Mohammed said: “It’s difficult to understand why the council was not prepared.”

But Wayne Southall, who manages the gritting service, said: “The email referred to by Coun Mohammed warned of general risk of snow over five-days from Wednesday until Monday morning. “We had four detailed forecasts after that email was sent which did not predict snow yesterday.”