Winter is coming: Snow set to hit South Yorkshire

Sheffield and parts of South Yorkshire are bracing themselves for a covering of snow later today, as the winter weather makes its way west across the country.

The Met Office expects heavy wintry showers to hit the region around 6pm this evening – icy stretches of road are likely, just as the evening rush hour gets underway.

Forecasters say Thursday night could be the coldest of the winter so far, with temperatures expected to drop to -1. Two to five centimetres of snow could be expected on ground above 100 metres, with lower levels set to see a dusting of one or two centimetres.

It comes as East Yorkshire saw its first blanket snowfall in more than four years. The seafront in Bridlington was covered; a sight mirrored in Scarborough and across the east coast.

SOUTH YORKSHIRE’S SNOW RESPONSE

You can follow gritting updates from around the region on #sygrit hashtag on Twitter.

Sheffield

Sheffield City Council says its gritters are planned to go out at tonight at 6pm on high ground and will start treating lower ground from midnight.  12 of their gritters will be treating the network.

They say they are expecting one to three centimetres of snow on the highest ground, with light slush, if anything, on lower ground.

They are advising advise people to take extra care when travelling across the city, although no major issues are envisaged. Residents and visitors can visit the council website (www.sheffield.gov.uk/winter) and follow the Twitter account at @sccstreetsahead for the latest updates.

Barnsley

Barnsley Council say their gritters will be out from 4pm today, and more updates can be found on their Twitter account @BarnsleyCouncil.

Rotherham

Rotherham Council says their gritting team will be out tonight from 7pm, as temperatures are forecast to fall below freezing.  They say over 40 drivers are on standby to help grit and keep the rounds moving.

Doncaster

Doncaster Council says their gritters will be out from 4:30pm today, with 16 vehicles treating the roads. The council laid 60 tonnes of grit on the road network last night, as temperatures hit -4 degrees.

For gritting updates in the Doncaster area, people are being advised to follow @mydoncaster on Twitter.