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Blizzard blights roads across area

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 15, 2013

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HEAVY snow blighted the roads in and around Ashbourne on Monday.

The snowfall, which was predicted by weather forecasters last week, began on Sunday afternoon, covering the area in a blanket of white.

Derbyshire County Council gritters were out in force to combat the weather and keep roads clear ahead of the snow,.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We’ve got around 19,000 tonnes of grit in stock and we’ll be out across the county treating around 1,555 miles of roads – around half the roads we look after which is more than most councils.

“We use the latest weather forecasting technology and road temperature sensors to decide when our gritters need to go out and how much grit they need to spread, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on the conditions so that we can act quickly as and when we need to.”

Medical staff and emergency services were also on a high alert ahead of the snow, which became a blizzard in many areas on Monday morning.

But, while traffic chaos saw many cars abandoned at roadsides and a number of road accidents in the area, the white weather wasn’t all doom and gloom.

Some schools in the area, including Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and Henry Prince First School and Nursery at Mayfield, closed at lunchtime on Monday.

Many children were out in the parks and fields, taking advantage of the snow with sledges and snowballs before the thaw set in mid-afternoon.

The Met Office predicts colder weather for the rest of the week, with lows of -6 degrees towards the weekend.

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