Weather is not as bad as it was in the winter of '47
Ann Ratcliffe, of Hollis Lane, was only 12 when snow hit the area for three months in 1947.
The weather is recorded through the words of her father George Tipper who was an engineer at the Thomas Bolton Copperworks, in Froghall.
Mr Tipper kept diaries up until the year he died in 1988 and lived with the family in Alton at the time.
From January until April the area endured freezing temperatures, continuing snow showers, frost and rain.
The 74-year-old said: "He always kept diaries and I still have all of them, they are very interesting.
"The snow was bad in 1963 as reports have said but it did not last as long as in 1947.
"I can remember going to school as I remember digging our way in but I could not have gone to school on some of the days.
"I spoke to my cousin and she remembers walking along the walls in the village which were level with the snow.
"The quantity of snow at the moment is nothing compared to the snow of 1947 and it has not lasted as long as it did. We could hardly get anywhere back then but we did go out as my father has referred to the trips in his diary."
However, this did not stop her father going about his routine, as he still went to work when he could and collected coal.
She said: "He would have coped with the weather as it would not have really bothered him.
He would probably have enjoyed it as he was a keen skater.
"We made something of it back then and just got on with it. My father took winter as there should be snow." In his diary he says the snow started on January 6 with the last of the snow being sighted on April 2.
On January 7 he said: "Snowed heavy all day, Ann and I went to Hanley Pantomime." As the weather got worst he said on January 29, "Bitterly cold, this is one of the coldest spells for many years." On February 8, he said: "Very cold, still snowing, no way to get to The Mount (where they lived) only through the playing fields."
By February 13 he said: "Weather still the same this is one of the hardest winters in living memory," and by the 15 he said: "Did not go to work, it is very cold and no sign of work starting up yet."
As a result of the weather, his diary said that the River Churnet had frozen over, roads were blocked and the football pools were cancelled.
On March 1 he refers to the 39 days of continuous snow and frost and later in the month places in Denstone were found to be flooded.
By April 2 the weather seems to have taken its toll on the civil engineer as he said: "Snowing all day again, when will it stop?"