Ev­ery­thing went white!

Macclesfield Express - - A WINTER WONDERLAND - STU­ART GREER

FAM­I­LIES braved the win­ter chill to en­joy the first snow­fall of the sea­son.

Mac­cles­field was trans­formed as the first heavy snow of the year cov­ered the town and vil­lages in a white blan­ket.

It didn’t take long for peo­ple to throw on their win­ter warm­ers and rush out for a day of fun.

Walk­ers and their four­legged friends en­joyed the views from Tegg’s Nose Coun­try Park and Mac­cles­field For­est.

Chil­dren dusted off their sledges to revel in the win­ter won­der­land of South Park. It wasn’t all fun and games though – coun­cil high­ways teams had a busy time treat­ing the 1,090kms Cheshire East road net­work in re­sponse to the rain, sleet and snow along with freez­ing tem­per­a­tures.

High level routes to the east of the bor­ough in­clud­ing Mac­cles­field were grit­ted re­peat­edly and the team’s fleet of 19 ve­hi­cles – which in­cludes grit­ters, snow blow­ers, snow ploughs and all-ter­rain quad bikes – were in ac­tion ev­ery night while the cold snap per­sisted.

Last Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 13, po­lice closed the A54 Cat and Fid­dle af­ter sub-zero tem­per­a­tures made it too dan­ger­ous for mo­torists to pass.

Ac­cord­ing to the Met Of­fice there is no snow ex­pected over the next five days.

There are chances of rain show­ers through the week as tem­per­a­tures in­crease steadily to Sun­day when it is fore­cast to be 10c in the day and 8c at night.

Snow trails at Mac­cles­field For­est, by @Mis­sMer­rill; Ni­cole Jack­son, seven, keeps busy by build­ing a snow­man, by Sue Jack­son

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●● Above: Tegg’s Nose, by Phil Cooper; Below, a win­ter’s wood, by Jeanette Hod­kin­son

●● Mac­cles­field For­est, by Matt Rat­cliffe

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