Grit and bear it as ‘Beast From The East’ finally bites

WORK IN PROGRESS: Tameside’s gritters have their work cut out and worked round the clock on Tuesday.

 

The ‘Beast From The East’ truly got its claws into Tameside and Glossopdale on Tuesday night.

A Met Office Yellow weather warning for snow has been issued for our region, which will continue into Wednesday, with the outlook for further snow to come for the whole region on Thursday, Friday and even into the weekend.

The polar blast from Siberia will see temperatures plummet to minus four tonight, although when the easterly wind chill is factored in, it will feel more like minus eight.

Gritting teams across the region had been battling the conditions all day on Tuesday but the serious snowstorm struck Glossop early on Tuesday evening with local residents describing ‘blizzard’ like conditions.

The storm moved steadily to blanket most of Tameside with Mottram, Hyde Stalybridge, and Mossley worst affected.

Chaos

The conditions caused total chaos on the commute out of Tameside towards Glossop, with travellers reporting that it had taken up to two hours to travel by car from Stalybridge to Glossop – and those were the ones that made it.

Literally scores of drivers chose to abandon their vehicles and brave the conditions on foot in scenes from the top of Mottram Moor that were described as ‘total chaos’ with traffic at a complete standstill and tailing back for miles.

The Met Office warns of worse to come in the following few days with the potential for a ‘spell of heavy snow’ and further stong winds as Storm Emma works her way up from the south west to meet the ‘Beast From The East’.

Across Oldham a number of schools were shut on Tuesday by the weather conditions with the number of educational establishments forced to shut their doors across Glossop and Tameside likely to increase in the next couple of days.

Parents and carers are advised to keep up to date with school websites.

While everyone is encouraged to check on older or vulnerable neighbours as the extreme cold bites.

SERIOUSLY COLD: The Met Office warns temperatures could plummet to as low as minus nine in rural areas tonight in our region with a Yellow warning for more snow in place.

CLEARING UP THE WHITE STUFF: Scenes like this are set to become common place over the next few days.