SNOW caused disruption across Chester with schools closing, bus services being hit and treacherous driving conditions.
Freezing temperatures and sustained snowfall on Friday led to about 40 schools shutting their doors and sending children home early.
West Cheshire College closed and some libraries and leisure centres were also forced to close.
Waste and recycling collections were also affected and the Helsby Half Marathon, which was due to take place yesterday, was cancelled.
More than 2,000 runners were due to take part in the annual race but organisers, Helsby Running Club, ruled the course was not safe.
A statement on the club website said: “With great regret, the race is cancelled. The course has been assessed by several experienced race organisers and it is not safe to run.
“The police would not pass the route on their inspection so we wanted to give people as much notice as we could. There are long stretches of compacted snow which will not shift in the next 24 hours.
“We’ve been working hard with shovels to clear the club area, but the real problem is out on the country lanes which are not clear. We really enjoy putting on the race and putting back into the community, but it’s simply not safe for our runners.”
Council gritters were out on the roads over the weekend but as the snow turned to ice, conditions on some roads became increasingly difficult.
Further snow fell yesterday (Sunday) but all schools were expected to be open today although parents are advised to check the council website for the latest updates.
Forecasters do not expect temperatures to go above zero today and have warned more snow could be on the way.
Chester FC’s home clash against Stalybridge did manage to go ahead however, after volunteers took to the pitch and surrounding areas to help clear the snow.