Snow set to stick around as villages left without post
SNOW across Derbyshire is expected to stay until at least the weekend, according to the Met Office.
Ice warnings have been issued for the county and people are being warned to take extra care on the roads.
Temperatures today are expected to struggle to get above freezing point.
But Dan Williams, Met Office forecaster, said there would be very little in the way of further snow.
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He said: "The snow will be pretty slow to thaw, with maximum temperatures reaching 0C. On Thursday night temperatures will drop to -6C or even -7C.
"Friday and Saturday could see a front pushing from the west bringing unsettled wind and rain.
"Over the weekend there will be warmer conditions. But there is the risk of layers of ice under the snow as it thaws."
Some people across Derbyshire have been left without their post for days due to the poor weather.
Cindy Delaney, 50, of Foundry Lane, Milford, said: "Normally the postman is fantastic but we have had nothing since Thursday.
"I don't really understand why they can't get to me.
"The roads around me are free of ice but the pavements are a little treacherous so I suppose it could be dangerous for them."
Andy Darlington, 39, runs Derbyshire food and drink magazine Taste the Seasons from his home in Queen Street, Belper, which has had no mail for several days.
He said: "At a time when small businesses are struggling, it doesn't help one jot if our cheques get stuck in the post.
"The roads in Belper have been gritted and are perfectly clear. Many of the pavements have been cleared of snow by residents.
"To say the postmen can't get through is simply health and safety gone mad."
Royal Mail said it was attempting to make deliveries where was safe to do so but due to the severe weather over the last few days this had not always been possible.
Spokeswoman Morag Turnbull said: "We apologise to customers who are experiencing delays to their deliveries in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire as a result of the severe winter weather conditions there.
"A range of measures have been put in place to ensure deliveries reach people as quickly as possible.
"We are doing our utmost to ensure continued deliveries but it may not be possible to do so everywhere because of the weather."
The wintry weather has also kept snow wardens in Oakwood busy.
Householders have been helping to spread salt grit during the cold snap as part of the Oakwood Winter Welfare scheme, which offers residents a free bag of grit to help them cope with frozen footpaths and roads.
Councillor Mick Barker said the scheme was proving to be extremely successful.
He said: "Everything is going to plan. We have distributed to more than 100 households.
"Over the weekend period, all three local councillors were out and about in atrocious conditions ensuring those who had applied to take part received their supply.
"In total we have distributed well over 350 bags.
"It's a very positive exercise and is unique to Oakwood.
"We have had many e-mails from residents thanking us for delivering the grit, which is very heartening."
Yesterday police were forced to put a rolling road block in place after dangerous icicles were spotted hanging from a bridge on the A50.
The block kept the carriageway free for contractors from the Highways Agency to safely dislodge the ice from the bridge between junctions 4 and 5 at around 1pm on both the east and westbound carriageways.
And Derby Mountain Rescue team members have been helping district nurses from Staffordshire and Stoke NHS Trust get through treacherous conditions around Burton.
Many rural areas and outlying villages have been impassable and crews from the team stepped in to help transport nurses to patients through the night.
Night Sister Rosemary Young said: "I have worked on the Night Nursing service for 20 years and this is the first time this has happened."