Ice and snow: Met Office issues urgent weather warning for Sheffield today

Drivers are urged to be cautious on the roads around Sheffield this morning after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for ice in the area.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 10:28 am

The yellow warning means that ice could make travel difficult on stretches of roads around Sheffield.

Gritters in Sheffield have been out, however there are likely to be patches of untreated road which could be dangerous to those using them.

The Met Office has advised that people do not travel if possible, and to be wary of black ice on the roads and wrap up warm.

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Snow showers in Sheffield on March 17th 2018. Picture: Chris Etchells

Snow showers are also forecast in Sheffield later this evening.

This comes the day after the Government imposed a national lockdown in England, which says people should only travel to work if it is not possible for them to work from home.

And at the weekend, police warned people not to travel on Snake Pass and over the High Peak moors in wintry conditions.

On Saturday, “upwards of 200 cars” were spotted at the Snake Pass summit – even though a Met Office yellow ‘be alert’ weather warning had been issued for snow and ice.

Police said: "Upwards of 200 cars were parked on Snake Pass summit early this afternoon; busier than a summer bank holiday, but with the main difference being the large white things dropping out of the sky. Presumably, the occupants of these vehicles were out on the moors.

"It seems like many didn’t have the common sense to check the forecast, dress themselves suitably, check they had a capable vehicle and/or driving skills, never mind the fact that they perhaps shouldn’t have been stretching the advice given by the government so as not to overburden our NHS.

“Never mind, though. Just ring the police and expect them to come along with their magical snowmobiles. Of course, with our superpowers we can simultaneously deal with similar situations in the Goyt Valley, Mam Nick, Curbar Gap and others. And we’re covid-proof, didn’t you know?

“Joking aside, please don’t be stupid. It shouldn’t need a greater explanation than that.”

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