Premier Rugby has agreed with Sale Sharks and Saracens and also with Newcastle Falcons and Gloucester Rugby, to postpone their Guinness Premiership round 13 matches scheduled to take place this weekend.
The Sale Sharks match had already been moved from its original Friday evening slot to increase the chances of the game being played.
Despite the availability of pitch covers and heaters, existing weather conditions in the North East and North West, coupled with the forecast of more snow and continuing low temperatures, mean both stadia concourses and surrounding areas will be too dangerous for spectators to allow the match to take place.
Phil Winstanley, Rugby Director at PRL said:
"All parties have reluctantly agreed that under the circumstances and looking at the weather forecast, postponing the match now is the best option for supporters, players and administrators."
"Snow and ice around Kingston Park and Edgeley Park make it potentially too dangerous for spectators and presents significant concerns for access for the emergency services. Under the expected conditions, it is likely that the match would not gain a safety certificate."
"We have all agreed that an early postponement is the best solution and we will now throw our resources behind the other four Guinness Premiership matches this weekend and hope that we can beat the weather!"
"We will now work with all Clubs to identify an appropriate date for the rearranged fixture."
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.
In case you missed it, there was plenty of activity on the official Gloucester Rugby website following the 55-0 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over CA Brive, including a number of post match video interviews.