SNOW WARNING sounded in Derbyshire as temperatures plunge as low as -5 °C

The Met Office has issued another snow alert for Derbyshire and warned of ‘diffifcult conditions’ for drivers as well as a ‘widespread and severe frost’ as temperatures plummet as low as -5 °C in the county.

Friday, 8th January 2021, 5:11 pm

The ‘yellow’ level alert came into force at 3.50pm this afternoon (Friday, January 8) and will stay in place until 8pm.

The Met Office warn that ‘sleet and snow will continue for the next few hours, heavy at times, with some places seeing a further 3-7 cm of snow, on top of what has already fallen’.

Many parts of Derbyshire have endured wintry showers throughout the day and will see a ‘widespread and severe frost’ form quickly over night ‘with the risk of icy stretches’ as temperatures could drop as low as -5 °C.

Snow covers the tops of the hills in the Peak District, near Edale (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The Met Office added the weather could inflict power cuts as well as travel delays on roads, stranding some vehicles and passengers, and that some rural communities ‘could become cut off’.

Heading into the weekend, Derbyshire should wake up to a very cold but fine start on Saturday, with good spells of sunshine. although it will cloud over from the north by the evening. It will still feel cold with frost and ice lingering in shaded areas.

It will turn cloudier on Sunday, after a cold and frosty start. Outbreaks of rain will slowly edge southwards on Monday.

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