Belper: Winds cause snow to drift

Belper river gardens spring snow
Belper river gardens spring snow
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Roads were shut, schools closed and buses cancelled as an unseasonable blast of arctic weather caused disruption again across the Belper area.

Last March, the town was experiencing temperatures of around 13C, and the region was officially in drought.

However, with the mercury dipping to a low of -2C this week, the snow was piled up to eight foot deep in some fields on Monday, with drifts of up to six foot.

As the cold snap swept in on Friday, firefighters were called to help one unfortunate man in Brookside, Belper who had become “severely trapped” in his bathroom window.

A fire crew arrived at around 5.35pm to remove the window and free the man. He then had to receive treatment for exposure to the cold from paramedics on scene.

Meanwhile, schools at Heage, Belper, Ambergate, Crich, Firtchley, Denby, Smalley and Little Eaton were closed and Trent Barton’s Sixes buses were unable to serve Belper Estates.

As snow continued throughout most of the weekendhuge snow drifts had built up, some times blowing on to roads and causing problems for motorists.

Sandbed Lane, Belper was shut due to drifting snow as well as Lambhouse Lane and Chequers Lane in Shottle.

Elsewhere, Horsley C of E Primary School was closed due to a boiler breakdown.

There appeared to be no consolation from some forecasters who foresee wintery conditions until late April.

However, some say the prolonged icy blast could be followed by an extended heatwave.