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Forecasters say more snow is due for Sheffield

Battling through the heavy snow during rush hour in Hoyland near Barnsley

Battling through the heavy snow during rush hour in Hoyland near Barnsley

FURTHER heavy snow is on its way to Sheffield for the middle of this week, weather forecasters predicted today.

Anticipated disruption yesterday failed to materialise, with only a light snow shower on Sunday morning followed by rain which washed it away.

But snow was forecast to start again overnight, into the early hours today.

Forecasters said snow and sleet flurries were expected today - and heavy snow is due on Wednesday afternoon.

A MeteoGroup spokeswoman said: “There’s a chance of snow and sleet flurries up to about 11am today. They will dry up and, although there could be one or two wintry showers in the afternoon too, there will be some bright spells.

“Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with some snow and sleet flurries. On Wednesday it will be a sunny and dry morning - but heavy snow will move in from the west at around 3pm.”

Meanwhile Sheffield Council has confirmed it is accepting new volunteers to act as snow wardens.

The snow warden scheme, which was started in 2010 and provides residents with equipment and salt to treat minor roads and footpaths, stopped taking on new members last winter due to council budget cuts.

It has re-started this year - but to some confusion. When representatives from the charity WORK Limited, based on Ringinglow Road, asked to become snow wardens, they were told none were being recruited.

Coun Diana Stimely, Liberal Democrat councillor for Ecclesall, who contacted the council on behalf of the centre, said: “I’m dismayed that when hard working members of the community volunteered to clear snow, they were snubbed.”

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, opposition Lib Dem leader, added: “As a snow warden myself, I know the value a couple of hours’ hard work can do for a local community.

“Over the last few weeks I have been out with my son clearing snow, and the number of people who have stopped to thank us or lend a hand has been quite incredible. At such a low cost, this is the kind of scheme the council needs to be expanding.”

Sheffield Council confirmed the WORK volunteers had been turned down in error - and said the snow warden scheme is recruiting again.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said: “We apologise if there has been a miscommunication. While it is true we have not proactively recruited more snow wardens, due to the massive budget constraints we are facing, we are not turning volunteers away.

“The scheme has accepted new volunteers this year, and there have been three new snow wardens in addition to the 80 previous wardens who volunteered to continue their services.”

■ To volunteer, call the council on 0114 273 4567.

 

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