Walking in a winter wonderland - snow hits Nottingham
FIRST forecast for Saturday, then lunchtime on Sunday before being delayed to some time in the evening, most had given up on the snow ever arriving.
But by the time bedside alarms went off yesterday morning, a blanket of white covered the county after between 2cm and 4cm fell overnight.
At 3.30pm the snowfall at Watnall was recorded at 5cm. .
There was a last gasp rush to buy sledges, with 102 sold at Decathlon in Giltbrook since Sunday morning.
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Operations manager Jim Trussler said: "People have started to buy.
"We didn't have loads in, but they will all be gone in the next few days and we have more sledges coming in at the end of the week.
"We are also seeing more people buying snow boots, coats, hats, scarves, gloves, the usual cold-weather kit.
"Because it was a Monday morning and not a weekend it's not that exciting compared to previous years – I've been here on a Saturday morning and there was a stampede."
Country parks also closed early, with Rufford Country Park, Bestwood Country Park and the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre affected.
They are all expected to reopen today but Newstead Abbey will be closed.
Meanwhile drivers faced increasingly challenging conditions throughout the day.
The Highways Agency warned drivers to be prepared for further wintry conditions in the early hours of this morning.
Steve Crosthwaite, head of the National Traffic Operations Centre, said: "During severe winter weather we ask drivers to check road conditions and the weather forecast before setting out.
"If conditions are poor, and journeys are not essential, we advise drivers to think about delaying them until conditions improve and allow our winter fleet the chance to treat the roads."
Nottingham City Council and Notts County Council stepped up their gritting efforts, with machines remaining out all day yesterday.
Despite their efforts, Notts Police closed Ransom Road, St Ann's, from Caunton Avenue to Brewster's Road last night because of ice.
Two bus services were also diverted.
Nottingham City Transport's Blue Line 40 and the L9 avoided Winchester Street and went up Woodthorpe Drive, while in Sherwood the shops were not served and passengers were told to disembark at the stop on Magnus Road/Edwards Lane instead.
Trains and planes were unaffected by the weather.
Bob Ellison, a former RSPCA inspector, from North Muskham, urged people to remember the wildlife on their doorstep during wintry conditions.
"Remember to feed the birds in particular.
"There are so many different species that a variety of food should be left for them to eat – such as brown bread, seeds and fruit.
"Rather than dispose of unwanted food, feed the birds.
"This will pay dividends with a vast increase in the spring of young fledglings in your garden."