South Yorkshire gets its first snow fall of the season

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HUGE swathes of South Yorkshire woke up to a winter wonderland this morning when the first snow showers of the festive season started falling in the early hours.

While Sheffield city centre escaped the heavy showers and the roads remained clear, outlying suburbs received a covering of snow - causing chaos for motorists.

With roads and housing estates experiencing the worst problems motorists crawled onto the main roads to try to avoid any collisions.

But even the Sheffield Parkway was covered under a blanket of snow at around 6am, leaving motorists battling through blizzard-like conditions to get to work.

South Yorkshire Police closed the A57 this morning at the Todwick Crossroads following a collision at around 6.30am but it has now reopened.

The road is closed between the crossroads and Goosecarr Lane and from junction 31 of the M1.

The Snake Pass has also been closed because of hazardous driving conditions.

Police also closed Penistone Road, Burncross, this morning following a collision.

It has been closed both ways at the junction with Burncross Road.

Weather forecasters predict some sleet during today and tomorrow but are not expecting any more snow.

A Meteogroup spokeswoman said: “There will be some showers today which could fall as sleet but I don’t think there will be any more snow.

“Overnight and into tomorrow there will be an area of sleet and snow across the midlands and southern England and for now it looks like it will stay to the south of South Yorkshire.”