Derby

Snow closes hundreds of Derbyshire schools

Snow in Middleton-by-Wirksworth - courtesy Pamela Butler
Image caption Snow is reported to be two feet deep in some places

Further snowfall in Derbyshire has closed hundreds of schools and caused major disruption for motorists.

There were problems earlier on the M1 southbound, and there continued to be delays on roads including the A6 at Duffield and the A38 at Alfreton.

There are also hazardous conditions on the A50 at Uttoxeter and the A54 at Bosley.

More than 300 schools are shut and there are reports of snow as deep as two feet (0.6m) in places.

Severe conditions are also causing problems in areas such as Buxton, High Peak, Castleton and Darley Dale.

The county council said high winds had been blowing snow onto roads.

Image caption Heavy snow fell across the county overnight

Motorists have been advised to make only essential journeys in the affected areas.

There has been some disruption to East Midlands Trains due to freezing temperatures and staff shortages caused by travel difficulties.

The conditions are also affecting Trent Barton buses across Derbyshire.

NHS services have also been disrupted, with Derby Hospitals cancelling ambulances for non-urgent patient appointments, and there will be no rubbish collections in Derby on Wednesday.

Matlock's Victorian Christmas weekend has also been postponed for a week because of the heavy snow.

Further snowfall is expected in the county throughout Wednesday.

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