South Yorkshire freeze continues to bite

Three-year-old Scarlett McGregor, of Morland Place, Gleadless, enjoys the snow. Picture: Amy Foster
Three-year-old Scarlett McGregor, of Morland Place, Gleadless, enjoys the snow. Picture: Amy Foster
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SOUTH Yorkshire is to shiver in icy conditions for the rest of this week - with more snow showers and freezing fog on the way over the next few days.

Temperatures could drop to as low as minus six tonight, and further snow is set to fall tomorrow.

Sheffield’s fleet of gritters was out on the roads again last night treating top-priority routes, while shops reported a spike in sales of warm winter clothes and wellies.

Sean Penston, from Meteogroup, said forecasters are uncertain as to how heavy the snow will be, but added thermometers will struggle to rise above freezing during the day tomorrow and Friday.

Residents across the county were expected to wake this morning to a widespread frost, icy conditions, and freezing fog.

Sean said overall it will stay ‘largely dry with a few sunny spells’ - but a sharp frost will develop again tonight, with another chance of freezing fog.

“Heading into tomorrow the fog will be slow to clear, but it will still be dry,” he said.

“I don’t think there will be much in the way of showers tomorrow morning, but towards the afternoon and evening there is a chance of some light snow coming in from the west.

“I think it will be reasonably wet snow at the start, it may not stick immediately. But it looks to be pretty persistent, and it will probably turn powdery overnight into Friday.

“There could be a few accumulations.”

Sean said there will also be a brisk wind on Friday, with the possibility of snow drifts in some parts of the region.

A spokeswoman for Sheffield Council said the city’s 20 gritting wagons were out from 7.30pm last night, carrying out a ‘heavy run’ to fend off the frost. Extra rounds were also being made on roads over high ground.

“We’re going to maintain the operation for the next few days while we monitor the situation,” she said.

“As the drivers have been gritting the main routes, if they have seen any specific problems on side streets then they have been feeding those back, and those areas have then been treated once gritters are available.

“We’re also treating areas which are known to have a problem with standing water.”

In Derbyshire, gritters were out from 4pm yesterday and at 4.10am this morning, with secondary routes treated from 8am today.

Yesterday South Yorkshire’s bus operators had no reported problems, apart from minor delays on some services because of untreated side roads.

But motorists were warned to take care on the A628 Woodhead Pass because of hazardous icy patches.

Meanwhile, shops in Meadowhall recorded a 13 per cent increase in sales of winter gear.

Spokeswoman Bethanie Lunn said shoppers have snapped up practical jackets and heavy-duty walking boots. “Weather is continuing to dictate our wardrobes,” she added.

Sean from Meteogroup said the picture for the weekend remains unclear.

“It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen - it’s difficult to know when the snow will clear off, or how heavy the accumulations will be over the next few days,” he said.

“It looks to be unsettled into the weekend.”

Today’s maximum temperature is three degrees, and temperatures will reach one degree this weekend.