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Snow disruption across Nottinghamshire continues

Snow in Mansfield - courtesy Tracy Thornfield
Image caption Mansfield has seen some of the heaviest snowfall

Snow has caused problems across Nottinghamshire, with schools closed and hazardous driving conditions.

The A1 was initially blocked at Blyth due to a jack-knifed lorry but was still being affected by snow later.

Routes including the A60 Nottingham Road and the A611 at Kirkby-in-Ashfield were disrupted but were running more smoothly during the evening rush hour.

More than 350 schools were shut across the county with dozens saying they would stay closed on Thursday.

'Like Bosnia'

Mansfield and the north of the county have been the worst affected areas.

Patrick Mercer, the Conservative MP for Newark, called the conditions "the worst he had ever seen in Nottinghamshire".

Image caption Roads across the county are hazardous (photo courtesy Bryan Huckerby)

"It's been pretty bad. I couldn't get in on Monday. We've got about nine inches of snow in Newark at the moment," he said.

"I have to say, I've never seen snow like this in England before. It reminded me very much of my time in Bosnia actually."

Many of Nottingham's buses were diverted due to hazardous driving conditions, in areas including the city centre, Clifton, Chilwell, Sherwood and Gedling.

Details of the diversions are available on Nottingham City Transport's website.

Some council services have also been affected, with rubbish collections suspended in Newark and Sherwood.

Selston and Huthwaite leisure centres were closed, while Ashfield District Council is running on a skeleton staff.

There has also been some disruption to East Midlands Trains' services due to freezing temperatures and staff shortages caused by travel difficulties.

Further snow is forecast with sub-zero temperatures expected to continue into the weekend.

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