Travel problems in Notts as first snow of winter arrives
THE first big snowfall of the winter bought with it the usual mix of travel disruption, sporting cancellations – and delighted sledgers.
Forest, County and Mansfield all had their games postponed, while there was dismay for bus passengers as Nottingham City Transport services stopped running at 8.30pm on Saturday.
But as hundreds made their way to parks yesterday to make the most of the snowy slopes, many of these problems were forgotten.
Drivers were queuing to get into Wollaton Park, while young and old used a variety of contraptions to slide down the snow-covered hills.
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Whether they were rubber rings or traditional wooden sleds, snowboards or carrier bags, squeals of delight rang out as people descended, narrowly missing the crowds of onlookers below.
Nina Domansky-Sais, 38, a lecturer from Wollaton and her nine-year-old daughter Helayna said they were among the first to arrive at Wollaton Park, at around 9.15am.
"I did this when I was little," said Nina. "It's just the place to go. Everyone we know comes here when it snows and it is fantastic."
But she also said she'd been affected by the snow the previous evening, which had started around 4pm.
"We came out of the cinema last night, and everything was all white, and we got stuck," said Nina. "I think some people were stuck on the A52 for ages."
Karen Price-Payne, of Toton, was also among those whizzing down the slopes in front of Wollaton Hall.
"It's absolutely stunning today," said the teacher at Farnborough College.
"It's such a lovely sunny day and it has been absolutely brilliant. I can't believe how many people are here."
Temperatures plummeted to as low as -7 on Saturday night, with much of Notts seeing around 10cm – or four inches – of snow. The Met Office said that a cold wave of air coming in from the continent collided with milder air from the Atlantic, which caused snow to fall across the East Midlands and much of England.
While everyone at Wollaton Park was enjoying the snow yesterday, there were some who had said they had already had enough.
Jayne James, 47, an administrator from Bilborough, said: "It is nice for a weekend, but it will be a bit of a struggle getting to work in the morning."
Her son Peter, 12, who attends Fernwood School, disagreed. "I hope it keeps snowing so I don't have to go to school," he said.
But, for the moment, it seems that no more snow will be falling in Notts.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: "The weather will remain cold for the rest of the week, with temperatures plummeting to as low as minus ten over night, but the worst of the snow has gone.
"However road conditions will remain very icy, so we would advise motorists to travel only if necessary, and, if they decided to drive, make sure they take a fully-charged mobile phone with them, and a spare jumper."