Sheffield dusted with first snow of year

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Sheffield received its first dusting of snow of 2014 with a brief wintry shower.

The snow flakes fell in and around Sheffield yesterday – but wasn’t expected to settle because of temperatures rising during the afternoon.

The snow showers fell at around 11.30am but had subsided by 12.30pm.

A big rainstorm is likely to hit the region today.

Heavy rain has been forecast for this afternoon with temperatures expected to reach around 6C.

A spokesman for weather forecaster Meteogroup said: “We are expecting a big storm this afternoon which will go into the evening and overnight.

“It means that temperatures will rise and go back up to the average for the time of year.

“We are looking at some very heavy rain.”

He added: “Tomorrow the rain will die out, although there could be a few wintry showers and some sleet, but it certainly won’t be as wet as today.”

The spokesman said gusts of blustery wind could reach 55 to 60mph tomorrow.

Sunday is expected to be dry and bright with some sunny spells.

The spokesman said: “It’s going to be a nice, bright day.

“It could be a bit breezy but nothing like the winds we are likely to see on Saturday.”

Temperatures are expected to reach 7C or 8C on Sunday, the Meteogroup spokesman added.