THIS year’s first snowfall turned Derbyshire into a winter wonderland, as the young and the young-at-heart braved the sub-zero climes and hit the slopes.
The weekend’s temperatures – reaching -5.8C on Saturday – were well below average for this time of year, which has average low temperatures of 1.6C, according to the Met Office.
But while the blankets of snow caused chaos for motorists and travellers, the well-timed weekend white-out meant fun and games for many across the county.
The best sledging spots were packed with families across Chesterfield and north east Derbyshire, including Castle Fields, Bolsover, and the hills around Edensor.
Readers were out and about with their cameras capturing these fantastic snaps of the snowy scenery, including one of the snow-covered cat at Ashgate Hospice, sent in by events manager, Emily Evans.
She said: “Our pussy cat, made out of a bush, can be seen from quite a few bedrooms here at the hospice.”
But for those who had to work through the weather, the heavy snowfall caused disruption, as demonstrated by this picture of struggling bobbies on the beat in Chesterfield, sent in by amused reader, Dave Carty.
The Derby Mountain Rescue team also had their hands full with call-outs in the freezing conditions, including one to rescue a sheep that had become stuck on a ledge at Stanton Moor, near Bakewell.
A rescue rope system was set up to enable rescuers to reach the sheep, which was recovered unhurt.
But as the snow stayed on the ground through to Monday, commuters took to the Derbyshire Times Facebook site to share their disruption stories.
Emily Barrie said: “I’ll be walking! No way am I taking the car out in this weather, people just don’t know how to drive in it. Had more than a few idiots lose control of their car near me last year, would rather walk!”
Wendy Joel added: “I walked to work. Excellent community spirit though as you pass complete strangers and warn each other of the slippy parts.”
Sheila Tarleton said: “Black ice and three accidents on Dronfield by-pass. Turned round and came home.”
Daniel Heathcote said: “Roads from Sheffield Road to Ashover Village clear and Ashover to Matlock clear. The council, in my opinion have done well, those complaining should get their shovel out and help!!!”
By Ellie Hunter
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