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Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 15/12/2010 by Luke

Snowfall over the weekend came at it’s earliest for over 17 years in Stoke-on-Trent, and weather officials are warning the worst is yet to come. 

1.5 inches of snow fell in parts of Staffordshire, with Tuesday and Wednesday predicted to bring around 8 more inches of snow.

The snow has already impacted upon people living in Stoke. Malkit Kang, 19, Queen Anne Street, Shelton said, “The snow has completely ruined my weekend. I was supposed to be going home Saturday, but my family couldn’t travel up because the snow was too bad.

“As a result of this I have missed a music concert I had paid to see months ago. If it snows anymore I will refuse to leave the house.”

The snow has also affected revenue for the local businesses and shops around the area. S.S. Dhanjal, who works in Sunny Store, Ashford Street, Shelton said, “People are not coming out due to the weather. It’s slippery and frozen so people are avoiding leaving the house.

“The only time people are leaving the house is to put gas or electricity on their meters, but if they can avoid this, then they will. The snow is very bad for business as no customers equals no money.”

Taxi firms are also being affected by the freezing conditions. Mr Ahmed, 32, who works for Hackney Carriages, refuses to work when it is snowing.

“If it’s heavy snow I won’t work. This is because of safety issues. You can’t guarantee the other road users will be in control of their vehicle, and if they crash into you not only does it cause problems for me and my fellow drivers, but also the passengers in the car.

“This of course has a negative affect on the revenue of the business but it is something outside of my control”

Over previous years snowfall has literally halted the country; with a harsh winter expected will Stoke be prepared?