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Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

SNOWY scenes after a win­try spell in­spired pho­tog­ra­phers around the town to get out with their cam­eras.

Snow set­tled on Mac­cles­field at the week­end after a warn­ing was is­sued for se­vere win­ter weather.

The yel­low warn­ing by the Met Of­fice pre­dicted icy roads and win­try show­ers as the tem­per­a­ture dropped well be­low freez­ing in ex­posed ru­ral ar­eas.

The coun­cil’s grit­ter lor­ries were out in force to make routes safe for driv­ers and mo­torists were warned only to make nec­es­sary jour­neys.

It is not thought that any lo­cal schools had to close be­cause of the weather.

The snow left pretty win­ter won­der­land scenes on rooftops, parks, canals and hill­sides to in­spire res­i­dents to get out and take pho­tos.

Susan Coen, who shared a pic­ture from Lord Street in Bolling­ton, said: “Bolling­ton looked so beau­ti­ful in the snow and I wanted to share a pic­ture of the view.”

The snow fol­lowed gale force winds ear­lier in the week which took out power lines. En­gi­neers from Elec­tric­ity North West worked round the clock to re­store power to 94 homes. Fire­fight­ers warned driv­ers to take care in win­try con­di­tions after two ac­ci­dents in Mac­cles­field, warn­ing that bright sun­shine and ice can be a deadly com­bi­na­tion. The first was at 11.38am on Mon­day, Jan­uary 12, at the junc­tion of Bux­ton Road and Fence Av­enue when a car col­lided with a wall, and the sec­ond at 6.53pm hap­pened on Ken­dal Road.

Ste­wart For­shaw, sta­tion man­ager from Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, said: “It can take ten times longer to stop in icy con­di­tions than on a dry road.”

A Met Of­fice spokesman said there are no weather warn­ings in place for the next few days. To­day (Wed­nes­day) will be cloudy but dry with a top tem­per­a­ture of one de­gree. Tem­per­a­tures will drop overnight be­fore a top tem­per­a­ture of one de­gree to­mor­row, when it will be dry but cloudy with bright spells.

On Fri­day, it will be slightly milder with show­ers which could fall as snow and Satur­day will con­tinue to be mostly cloudy and dry.

Clock­wise from top left: Snow on cars in Mac­cles­field by Matt Rat­cliffe, Mac­cles­field For­est by Kate Bar­ton, South Park by Tony Dixon and a view from Lord Street, Bolling­ton, by Susan Coen

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