Talk of spring was put on ice as Halton shivered and slithered to come to terms with the worst weather to hit the borough this year. Reporter IAN CHEVEAU looks at how the area coped with last week's icy blast.
SEVERE weather plunged the borough into chaos as temperatures as low as -7°C caused problems for hundreds of motorists.
Expert meteorologists said the snowfall was not unusual for early March, yet the falling temperatures led to delays on roads and motorways in Halton and throughout Cheshire as the county struggled to cope with the cold snap.
Buses in Halton were delayed as people waited in freezing temperatures to get to their workplaces, and some passengers in Runcorn were even forced to abandon their journey after a bus became stuck in the five inch snow in Picton Avenue.
Cheshire Police also confirmed they were called to a 'number of incidents' on both sides of the water as drivers failed to get to grips with the treacherous roads.
Bus operators said most of the delays were down to drivers slowing down to negotiate the icy streets.
Nick Gordon, Arriva bus spokesman, said: 'All our services operated yesterday (March 2) although obviously some were subject to delays due to road conditions caused by the cold weather.
'Many of our delays were down to drivers slowing down to get our customers to their destinations safely.'
Most of the region woke up shivering on Friday after a night of temperatures as low as -7°C.
Following Friday's cold blast, a spokesman for the Met Office said the coldest temperatures were seen inland in the North West, away from the breeze of the coast, with figures dropping to below freezing.
The Runcorn Expressway was among the worst hit in the borough, after motorists were reduced to using one lane because of the blizzard conditions.
One commuter, who drives from Manchester to Runcorn every day, described driving conditions as 'terrible'.
And a Widnes motorist said: 'I was driving along the dual carriageway into Widnes and one minute the sun was shining, the next minute you were in thick fog.
'I entered a clear patch and then suddenly wondered whether my eyes were playing tricks on me as I could see a 'wall' of grey in the distance which was a blizzard.
'It was bizarre - you could have drawn a line across the road where it started. All the traffic was forced to slam on the anchors and everyone was crawling along at a snail's pace because you couldn't see your hand in front of your face because the snow was so heavy.'