Disruption in the air but fun in the snow as winter arrives
WHILE many people were having fun in the snow yesterday, the weather caused disruption across the city and Derbyshire.
Flights were cancelled, delayed and rerouted at East Midlands Airport because of snow on the runway.
Three flights were delayed, while a flight to Belfast had to be cancelled after the inbound plane was forced to divert to Manchester.
Another incoming flight from Dinard was rerouted to Birmingham.
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By yesterday evening, most of the snow in the city had melted but Derbyshire police said that, if the snow froze over in more rural areas, it could make for treacherous driving conditions.
More snow is set to hit the county this afternoon but the showers should be very light.
These are expected to clear by tomorrow
The Met Office spokesman said: "As clear periods develop, a widespread frost will develop, along with ice on untreated surfaces.
"Later scattered snow showers will arrive but mainly towards the coast. The minimum temperature will be minus 4 °C today ."
Traffic was at a standstill on the A52 westbound near Borrowash yesterday afternoon as the snow abated after a husky was hit and killed on the road.
A pair of the dogs were running on the dual carriageway junction after they escaped from their home.
After the dog was hit, a BMW and a Mercedes SLK collided in the outside lane of the dual carriageway, according to police.
Firefighters were forced to cut out the battery of the BMW because it was overheating.
Traffic heading into the city was backed up all the way to the M1 junction, three miles away.
As the cold weather continues, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has released an appeal asking people to remember to feed the birds.
A spokesman said: "The snowy conditions will drive birds out of the countryside as they search for food.
"This may mean that some unusual species can be seen in gardens, including woodcock, snipe, yellowhammers and reed buntings.
"Numbers of blackbirds coming into gardens will increase and other winter thrushes are more likely to visit, including redwings and fieldfares.
"Blackbirds and fieldfares eat apples, so putting out some of these to feed them is a big help, and you can also use other fruits such as pears.
"Also, make sure food supplies and water are ice-free and not covered in snow.
"You can feed birds almost anything that isn't salty, so avoid bacon and salted nuts as salt is very bad for birds. Put out fat, cheese or old cake.
"You can put bread out but break it up into small bits and put it under a hedge if possible – this will prevent it being quickly taken by bigger birds such as gulls, magpies and other crows."