The snow may have brought traffic chaos and disruption to the city - but it has also brought family fun, winter wonderland adventure and smiles to dozens of faces.

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Families could be seen making the most of the snow and the time off together by sledging, building snowmen and having friendly snowball fights.

Runners could be spotted getting away from the chaos and making footprints in the fresh snow as they ran around snow-covered Whitlingham Country Park.

Ice hockey players made the most of the rare opportunity of playing outside on the frozen-over boating lake Eaton Park.

And even gold-medal winning Paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate took time out to play in the snow and build a collection of snowmen.

Mum-of-two Becky Schofield, 31, from Trowse, said: “The positive side about the snow and the school closures is it brings the opportunity to spend more time as a family.

“The kids love racing on the sledges, building snowmen, throwing snowballs - a perfect way to burn off lots of excess energy.”

David Finlay, 45, who runs Elements Menswear and lives near Attleborough, took his 10-year-old son Fred and his friends out sledging on an old-style traditional sledge and pulled him along on a body board.

He said: “It’s brilliant fun, they really enjoyed it - my daughter wasn’t so happy, however, as her school was still open.”

Meanwhile, dogs enjoyed getting covered in snow as they headed out on their walks and the city’s parks became a playground for sledging, snowball fights, building snowmen and making snow angels.

Helen Mitchell, chair of Friends of Eaton Park, said: “It’s lovely to see the park being used in a different way. There were some very good natured snowball fights and it’s quite evident that people are getting out and about and having fun in the snow. I expect the place will be full of snowmen over the weekend.”

Mark Howard, who lives in Horsford and had taken his dogs Alfie and Lula for a walk in Horsford woods, said: “It’s been great, walking through the woods - the dogs have loved it.”

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