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Video: Arctic weather causes problems for farmers

The arctic weather is causing major problems for some of the region's farmers as they battle blizzard conditions to keep their new born lambs alive.

Exhausted farmers say the situation has been made worse as many farms have not yet recovered from the disastrously sodden summer of last year. The problem is particularly bad near Ripponden, West Yorkshire, where Kate Walby spent the day talking to farmers.


Pictures: Street blocked by snow plough

The pile is at the entrance to the street Credit: Victoria Whittam

Residents in Queensbury near Bradford say they've been barricaded into their homes by a snow plough. Tonnes of snow and ice have been pushed to the end of Chapel Street, blocking the only way out.

The pile shows no sign of melting soon Credit: Victoria Whittam
The street has been blocked Credit: Victoria Whittam


Mountain rescue teams in action

Edale Mountain Rescue

The surprise return of winter has seen Edale Mountain Rescue Team assisting a whole range of people around the Peak over the weekend. Friday night saw team members in two of our Land Rovers rescuing motorists who were stuck in the snow on the A619, the main road between Chesterfield and Baslow.

After several hours digging, towing and transporting drivers, Derbyshire Police asked the team to assist Buxton and Derby MRTs with a similar situation on the A515 near Newhaven.

On Saturday afternoon the team had the unusual task of rescuing a party. The Landlady of the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Bradwell was stranded with food for her granddaughter's 6th birthday party - we were happy to help by delivering the food.

On Sunday, the team were out again assisting yet more drivers on the higher roads throughout our area where strong winds had caused significant snow drifts, completely blocking the road in many places.

Edale Mountain Rescue
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Snowed Inn!

The Tan Hill Inn claims to be Britain's highest pub Credit: Tan Hill Inn

At least 6 people have had to stay longer than planned at a remote Yorkshire pub after weather conditions proved too difficult to leave.

The Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire claims to be the highest pub in Britain.

Drifting snow and high winds meant some guests arriving at the weekend had to stay overnight. Staff say spirits are high.

Super League clash postponed for 2nd time

The Super League match between Wakefield and Leeds has been postponed for a second time due to the adverse weather conditions in West Yorkshire over the last 48 hours.

The match had initially been due to take place on Friday night but heavy snow forced it to be put back to this afternoon, but it was confirmed this morning that conditions around the Rapid Solicitors Stadium were still unsafe for spectators.

No date for the re-arranged game has been set yet.

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