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Snow causes traffic disruption in Derbyshire

  • 18 January 2013
  • From the section Derby
Tractor clearing snow outside Pride Park
Snow was cleared from Pride Park stadium ahead of Derby County's game against Nottingham Forest

Motorists faced disruption in Derbyshire as snow spread across large parts of the county.

Up to 10cm (4in) of snow fell in parts of the region, with 38 schools closing on Friday. The Met Office said further snow is expected over the weekend.

Hazardous driving conditions were also reported on the A54 and A537 in Buxton, and slow traffic on the A38 in Derby.

The Highways Agency has advised road users to take extra care and to be prepared for the conditions.

Saturday's match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest is due to go ahead, despite the weather.

Derby County chief executive Sam Rush, told BBC Derby that unless weather conditions worsen the game will kick-off as scheduled at 13:00 GMT.

East Midlands Trains said it was running a near-normal service but the weather had caused a few delays.

But, landings and take-offs were temporarily suspended at East Midlands Airport on Friday.

A spokesman said the delays were expected while snow was cleared and checks were carried out on the airfield.

Sainsbury's, Ripley
Matt Savage emailed this picture of empty shelves at a Sainsbury's in Ripley

BBC Radio Derby listeners also reported empty shelves at two supermarkets apparently caused by customers "stocking up".

The radio station was sent two photos taken at Sainsbury's stores in Ripley and Matlock on Thursday night, showing the apparent bread shortage.

Matt Savage from Whatstandwell, who emailed the Ripley photo, put it down to "panic buying".

A spokesman for Sainsbury's said: "We have been planning for this kind of weather for some time. We're working closely with our suppliers and our depots to make sure that our stores are well-stocked.

"We've ordered extra quantities of staples such as bread, milk, tinned soup and hot cereals... [and] stocked up on salt and hot drinks."

Both Derbyshire Police and the Highways Agency continue to warn motorists to be prepared for the conditions - and to avoid unnecessary journeys.

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