BIG FREEZE ALERT: Drivers in parts of Derbyshire urged to think twice before heading out

A lorry stuck on an icy Buxton road at the weekend. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

A lorry stuck on an icy Buxton road at the weekend. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

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Vehicles are getting into difficulty on treacherous roads in parts of Derbyshire, according to emergency services.

A spokesman for Derbyshire fire service said vehicles are becoming stuck and skidding on snowy, icy routes in the Buxton and Matlock areas.

The Slopes, Buxton. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

The Slopes, Buxton. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

The spokesman urged motorists in these areas to consider whether their journey is really necessary.

If they do head out, the spokesman added, they should be prepared and drive with extra care.

At about 8.50am today, firefighters were called to Chapel Road in Whaley Bridge after a car left the route and crashed into a nearby field.

Crews rescued a woman who was trapped in the car. She was treated by paramedics.

Snow in Buxton. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

Snow in Buxton. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

Derbyshire is currently in the grip of a big freeze after an Arctic air mass enveloped the country last night.

Residents in Buxton woke up on Saturday to the first snow of the season.

And Derbyshire is colder than the Russian capital Moscow today with temperatures struggling to reach 5C.

However, bitterly cold, strong winds are making make it feel below freezing.

Snow in Buxton. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

Snow in Buxton. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

Overnight and into Sunday, temperatures are expected to plunge to -2C with some scattered wintry showers.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Ice will be a hazard.

“Please be aware of the likelihood of some difficult driving conditions and possible travel disruption.

“The public is advised to take extra care.”

Buxton FC's game was called off today because of snow. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

Buxton FC's game was called off today because of snow. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “We gritted high routes on Friday night and will be monitoring forecasts over the weekend.”

The big freeze comes after weeks of above-average temperatures – the start of November was the second mildest on record.

It is expected to turn less cold at the start of next week.

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