Risk of ice after snow flurry in Sheffield

Students Jessica Brooks and Emily Glandenning with their snowwomen at Crookes Valley Park
Students Jessica Brooks and Emily Glandenning with their snowwomen at Crookes Valley Park
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BUSES were taken off the roads, cars were abandoned, roads were gridlocked and schools were shut as Sheffield was hit by another generous helping of snow.

Thick snow which turned to slippery slush in places caused difficult driving and walking conditions after around five centimetres fell overnight and during the morning rush hour yesterday, followed by another flurry in the afternoon.

Staff from Streets Ahead had worked through the night to try to keep main roads clear, but battled as the grit was washed away by rain before snow fell.

In Sheffield, traffic crawled along many major routes including Mosborough Parkway, Ecclesall Road, Abbeydale Road, Whitham Road, Western Bank, East Bank Road and Chesterfield Road.

Gridlocked roads included Bents Road, Bents Green, Upper Wortley Road in Rotherham and Dronfield bypass, one lane of the M1 northbound was blocked between junctions 36 and 48, and the Snake Pass and Woodhead Pass were both closed.

First suspended all its bus services for 90 minutes in the morning after road conditions were deemed too treacherous. But as bus passengers who had waited in long queues at stops set off to walk, empty buses marked ‘Not In Service’ sailed past them on the roads.

Services were affected for the rest of the day.

Traffic crawled slowly and some drivers abandoned their cars. Trams were packed with commuters.

On The Star’s Facebook page, reader Stacy Livermore said the roads had not been gritted enough.

“I had to walk with a five-year-old from Firth Park to Hillsborough - it took us two hours,” she said. “But I think the tram conductors and drivers deserve a massive well done for removing cars that had slipped on the tracks so the network could continue. Good old Supertram got me to work.”

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for Streetscene, said it was hoped rain last night would wash away the snow - but created the risk of ice today. All priority routes were gritted overnight as a precaution.

“The Streets Ahead team worked hard to keep Sheffield moving yesterday,” he said. “As well as work on the roads, more than 300 staff were involved in clearing snow from pavements in the city centre and around hospitals and key shopping centres.

“We’re now working to reduce the risk of ice.”

Barnsley and Rotherham were both affected by the snow, but Doncaster managed to miss the worst of the bad weather.