A white Easter is on the cards – with unrelenting snow set to smother Derbyshire.
Thousands of Easter eggs will be left uneaten over the four-day weekend as youngsters ditch sweets for sledging.
Gritting teams are already drafting in four extra snow ploughs from neighbouring Sheffield and Nottinghamshire councils to deal with the predicted mass dumping.
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Bizarrely, temperatures are forecast to soar amid the “widespread” snowfall – with highs of 14C possible in Bakewell on Easter Sunday.
But forecasters say the white stuff will just keep on falling – so folk won’t notice any snow melting in the mild temperatures.
A Met Office spokesman said: “It may not have been a white Christmas but it’s looking like Derbyshire folk will experience a widespread winter wonderland this Easter.
“At the same time, it appears temperatures will rocket – it should actually feel quite warm in some places.
“However, the snow is set to fall round-the-clock over the long weekend, it’ll just keep on coming, so nobody will notice any of it melting under the mild, spring air.
“Warmth and snow – it promises to be a very strange, incredibly rare concoction.
“Derbyshire’s weather never fails to baffle us here at the Met Office.
“Even the chief forecaster is scratching his head at this latest forecast.”