Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Icy roads warning for motorists in South Yorkshire

Drivers have been warned of hazardous conditions after heavy snowfall and continuing freezing temperatures.

A Met Office yellow warning for snow remained in force for South Yorkshire on Monday night. A yellow warning of ice has been issued for Tuesday.

The snow, as much as 18cm (7in) in places, caused widespread disruption with almost half the county's schools, about 300, closed.

Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster also briefly closed.

Trams and train services had been unaffected by the snow but some bus routes had been hit, the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive said.

David Young, from the organisation, said: "It has been pretty quiet on the roads and throughout the day more and more bus services have been returning to normal."

Outpatient appointments at hospitals in Sheffield and Barnsley were also affected by the snow, with the cancellation of non-urgent patient transport services.

BBC Weather forecaster Paul Hudson said the snow had "fizzled out" and the worst was over.

"The emphasis now changes to widespread ice on untreated surfaces," he said.

Councils across the county have said gritting teams would continue working through the night to keep major routes clear.

Streets Ahead in Sheffield have asked residents to "park sensibly" to assist them in getting trucks down as many streets as possible.

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