Rallying round to battle back against ‘mini beast from the east’

The ‘mini’ Beast From The East blasted back over the weekend causing almost as much chaos as its big brother.

Blizzards which blew in on Saturday night closed both trans-Pennine passes and country roads as strong winds whipped snow into drifts.

Drivers were trapped in vehicles on the Snake Pass and Monks Road with police and Glossop Mountain Rescue Teams on rescue missions.

The team took Tameside Hospital staff to work.

They also used their four-wheel drive vehicle to ferry community nurses to patients.

A collision, coupled with the conditions, forced police to close the road from the Royal Oak on Sheffield Road from Saturday afternoon until Monday morning.

Woodhead Pass, the A6024 Holme Moss road, Woodhead Road from Torside to Glossop, Chunal and its link to Charlesworth were also shut.

Drifting made Cemetery Road, Park Road and parts of Dinting Road virtually impassable on Sunday.

Derbyshire County Council gritting teams worked around the clock to keep main roads and bus routes open.

But many of Glossopdale’s minor roads and side streets remained untouched with Simmondley, Charlesworth, Hadfield and Padfield particularly hard hit.

Derbyshire police posted updated weather warnings throughout the weekend advising people to only drive in emergencies.

By Monday morning the snow storm had blown itself out, main roads and bus routes were snow free, and commuters had no difficulty
getting to work, with every local school stayed open.

However weather forecasters are promising more snow over Easter.