Amber weather warning as snow starts to fall again
PARTS of Notts were hit hard by unseasonable weather yesterday as the Met Office issued an amber weather warning across the East Midlands.
More than 30 schools and colleges in the county and the city were closed due to the snow, including Garibaldi College in Mansfield, Healdswood Infant and Nursery School in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Holgate School in Hucknall and Jacksdale Primary and Nursery School in the city.
The city centre saw around one to two centimetres of snow in the morning but by and large it didn't settle.
Areas of higher land and the north of the county were the worst affected, with up to four centimetres of snow in some places.
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However Elaine Shaw, 51, of Bestwood Park, was "appalled" that Bigwood School, which her daughter attends, shut its doors to students.
The childminder called the Post to say there was no snow in the area.
She said: "There is not one drop of snow here but I've just had a text from the school saying it is shutting. If we all decided to pack up tools because of a bit of snow what would that teach the kids?
"Everyone else has to go to work so schools shouldn't close."
But Carol Jones, 51, of Kimberley, said she couldn't get off her drive when she tried to go to work.
The mother-of-two, who works at a school in Derbyshire, said: "I couldn't believe how much snow there was. We live on top of a rather steep hill and it is pretty difficult to drive up or down it in the snow.
"I couldn't even get my car off the drive. This weather is utterly ridiculous for mid-March."
While East Midlands Airport stayed open, a spokesman said "several flights" were either delayed or cancelled.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said further outbreaks of snow were expected to fall throughout today but that it was expected to dwindle away tomorrow and Monday.
She said: "Friday has seen cloudy and cold weather across Notts with outbreaks of snow which have built up to several centimetres in some parts.
"There will be further outbreaks of snow and it will feel very cold in the brisk easterly winds, with a minimum temperature of minus two degrees. By Saturday the snow and strong winds will continue in Notts but will tend to become lighter and more intermittent later in the day.
"It will still feel very cold and will be frosty and icy overnight."
Sunday and Monday looked set to be cloudy with no forecast for snow, but would still be cold. The maximum temperature is expected to be just two degrees.