Snow and extreme hail the size of after-dinner mints closed roads across England’s Peak District and Pennines on Sunday night and Monday morning, with accidents causing difficulties for rescue teams. Four roads were closed in the High Peak with gritters working through the dark to reopen them by lunchtime. It was the fifth time this winter that Snake Pass, which rises nearly 520 metres (1,700 feet) at its exposed summit between Glossop and Sheffield, has been closed by Derbyshire county council due to hazardous conditions. In Greater Manchester on Sunday night, a series of hailstorms carpeted roads with ice balls “the size of mint imperials”. Across the north-west of England, people marvelled at the “crazy” weather which lurched from one extreme to another within minutes. The rainiest place in the region was also the sunniest: 14mm (half an inch) of rain fell in Rostherne in Cheshire over 24 hours, but the town also enjoyed 3.2 hours of sunshine. Earlier in the day there was a massive pile-up on the Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District following a heavy snow shower. Patterdale mountain rescue helped 33 people caught up in the incident, which included a head-on collision and a stuck coach. The Great North air ambulance made it to the scene quickly and undertook the care of the most seriously injured casualty. Scientists want to spray chemicals into atmosphere to stop global warming The mountain rescue team thanked Cumbria police for manning the road closure: “In particular the two officers on scene and the unlucky one who was still having to tell drivers the road was closed despite the signs. “There was no way anyone was getting down as the two cars were head-on and blocking the road.” The windiest place in the UK on Sunday was the Isle of Portland in Dorset, where 112km/h (70mph) winds were recorded at 7am, the Met Office said. A powerful jet stream brought areas of low pressure across the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in an unsettled and windy period with ice and snow, according to forecasters. Against the odds: snowmen in Las Vegas as city sees rare winter weather The Met Office predicted an overcast and windy night on Monday with thick cloud cover and widespread rain. This will be heavy at times and will become increasingly wintry in nature across higher parts of Scotland later on. There are yellow weather warnings in place for high winds in Northern Ireland on Tuesday, spreading to England on Wednesday.