Here in Derbyshire, we saw several inches of snow fall on our beautiful dales, making the region look more beautiful than ever, farms, fields and pathways covered in thick white fluffy snow- a picture perfect winter wonderland…
That said roads and pavements remain icy, with salt supplies “stretched”, and hundreds of schools are closed and all modes of travel are again plagued by problems caused by our recent shift in weather.
Traffic delays continue across the country, as Motorway hard shoulders are no longer being gritted, with the government prioritising salt for the worst affected regions. Supplies have been close to running out in some areas, with many councils restricting gritting to major roads.
The RAC said its patrol teams had attended 250,000 since the cold weather began on 18 December. The organisation said it was receiving about 1,500 calls an hour – more than twice as many as normal.
Airlines are keeping a close eye on the weather also, with passengers advised to check their flight’s status before going to the airport:
Over 12 businesses in the East Midlands are still using alternative fuels after National Grid triggered a clause in their contracts to turn off gas supplies at times of high demand. At one stage on Thursday, 95 major firms were affected.
Severe weather warnings of heavy snow are in place for the foreseeable future, so my advice would be knuckle down with the heating on, a warm cup of tea and get some of that long awaited administration done!