Roads gridlocked, buses off, schools closed - and some snow fun

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 another blast of winter put Sheffield on the skids.

Heavy snow on Tuesday coincided with the morning rush hour, leading to long delays for commuters.

Teams worked had worked through the night to try to keep main roads clear, only to find much of the grit was washed away by rain before the snow fell.

Bus operator First suspended all services for 90 minutes because conditions were deemed too treacherous. Some passengers waiting in long queues found empty buses marked ‘Not In Service’ sailing past them.

Eleven schools closed for the day, including five special schools which are often dependent on transport ferrying pupils in from around the city - Bents Green, Rowan, Talbot, Woolley Wood and Norfolk Park.

Also shut for the day were King Ecgbert, High Storrs and King Edward VII secondaries, as well as Mosborough, High Green and Totley All Saints primaries.

High Storrs made a very late decision to close, with messages to parents sent out too late to prevent many pupils from arriving as normal.

Arrangements were made to make sure they would be cared for and they were eventually sent home at around 11am.

When heavy snow fell last month, it resulted in the closure of 76 schools.