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New snow expected on icy roads

Snowy sheep
The long cold period is also causing livestock farmers problems

More snow could be on the way to aggravate conditions made difficult by hard frosts.

Forecasters said temperatures could fall as low as -7C (19F) overnight across the East Midlands and untreated roads could be dangerous.

And further sleet and snow could begin to arrive by Sunday afternoon with some falls expected to be heavy.

Most councils said their gritting programmes were holding up but Derby city said stocks were low.

The prolonged cold period, which is predicted to last well into next week, has begun to cause wider problems.

Angela Sargeant, who runs a beef and sheep farm in Etwall, Derbyshire, said: "We are in the middle of lambing our first lot of sheep and, the wet weather with the snow, it makes the bedding wet so they have to be bedded more.

"They also have to be fed more because the cold makes you hungry.

"And obviously cold wet lambs soon get hypothermia and every lamb is part of our income."

People can visit the local BBC Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, or Lincolnshire websites to check the latest situation.

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