Snow and high winds cause power cuts in north Derbyshire

About 9,000 customers were left without electricity in north Derbyshire after wintry weather damaged power lines.

Homes in the Buxton, Chesterfield and Wirksworth areas were affected as between 15-20cm (6-8in) of snow, blown by high winds, fell overnight.

Western Power Distribution said the continuing poor conditions had hampered repairs but fewer than 1,000 properties were still affected by early evening.

Police warned many roads were still dangerous due to blowing snow.

A spokeswoman for Western Power Distribution said: "They've had particularly bad winds and a lot of airborne debris has come into contact with overhead lines.

Image caption Northern Derbyshire has seen the most snowfall in the region

"They've also had a lot of snow in the area which is making it difficult for our engineers to get about."

She said the firm had brought in extra 4x4 vehicles to help staff get around and had a helicopter on standby to identify the damage once the snow abated.

Several roads in the Peak District were also closed because of snowfall.

The A57 Snake Pass was shut in both directions between Ladybower reservoir in Priddock Wood and the Manor Park Road junction in Glossop.

In Ashbourne, the A515 Buxton Road was closed both ways between King Street and the B5056, while the A623 in Sparrowpit was blocked because of a jackknifed lorry.

Police said motorists should not travel in the Peak District unless absolutely necessary.

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