MIDDLESBROUGH were frozen out at Leicester as they went down 1-0 to their promotion rivals.
The Teessiders team bus got stuck in traffic and many fans never made it at all as snow brought gridlock to the town.
And after finishing the last leg of the journey on foot Boro never really got into gear aftera sluggish start to the game.
Leicester though quickly adapted to the conditions and hit the woodwork four times and had two efforts ruled out for offside; Boro froze in front of goal.
The visitors had the first real chance on nine minutes as George Friend found Scott McDonald in the box and when his first effort was blocked by Keane, the rebound fell nicely but he sent his second shot sizzling just over from 12 yards.
And Boro almost broke through on 12 minutes as Faris Haroun played a one-two with Ledesma to skip past the last defender and into the box but the return was a yard too far in front of him and alert keeper Schmeichel got there first.
Leicester went close as Knockaert held a ball up on the edge of the box then flicked it into the path of over-lapping Nugent, but his low angled shot was well saved by Steele at the near post.
And on 13 minutes Knockaert got free in the box but Bikey did well to close down and snap at him to prevent him finding sight of goal then when it was finally laid back to Wood, Steele blocked the waist high shot superbly.
On 20 minutes Ledesma chased a ball into the box and went down theatrically under a slight brush from De Laet and was booked for diving.
Leicester went close on 24 minutes as Nugent beat the flag and cut in from the right to get into the box but his shot was superbly blocked by Williams.
City thought they were ahead when Knockeart surged down the left then sent a shot dipping over Steele that rattled the bar, bounced down onto the line and hit the post before being scrambled away.
Boro almost netted on 36 minutes as a defence splitting pass from McDonald sent Williams into the box on the right to draw out the keeper and a defender before squaring but it was cleared.
Then McDonald wriggled in from the libe to crack in a stinging shot that Schmeichel could only fumble behind and when Leadbitter curled in the corner the keeper did well to claw away Bikey’s powerful six-yard downward header.
Leicester went close another three times before the half-time break, but Boro rose their luck until the interval.
The Teessiders then had a flurry of chances soon after the restart as a free-kick into a crowded box led to McEachran then Ledesma having shots charged down before Leadbitter scooped over.
Boro could have grabbed the opener on 53 minutes as McEachran slotted a ball through for Ledesma to collect and skip into the box, but his angled shot curved over Schmeichel and wide of the post.
Leicester almost scored a minute later as Konchesky got down the left and cross in for Wood to put a downward header thumping against the foot of the post. Boro won a free-kick 20 yards out on 58 minutes after Keane handled – and was booked – but Ledesma sent it dipping high over the bar.
Leicester had the ball in the net on 63 minutes but the flag was already up before Nugent poked home, and Boro responded with a Friend raid down the left but as he chipped to the far post, a defender nipped in to get a glancing header to take it away from Ledesma.
As the game opened up Leicester went close again on 69 minutes as Marshall surged down the left and cut inside to chip just beyond the far post.
But they home side took the lead on 70 minutes as Morgan played a ball down the right and Wood pushed it into the box for Nugent to flick and spin superbly past Bikey then crack beyond the dive of Steele and inside the far post.
Leicester had the ball in the net again two minutes later as Nugent raced onto a through ball to lash home but again the flag was up. Boro went close as Ledesma got to the byline and squared for Emnes at the near post but he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet to turn and it was bundled behind for another corner.
Boro almost grabbed a leveller out of the blue on 88 minutes when a long ball out of defence found Jutkiewicz, but he drilled a low shot just wide.
And they missed a golden chance for a last-gasp leveller as Williams was bundled over in the box by Vardy – but Marvin Emnes’ penalty was well saved.
MIDDLESBROUGH: Steele, Hoyte (Thomson 21), Hines, Bikey, Friend; Haroun, Leadbitter, McEachran (Emnes 69), R Williams (c), Ledesma; McDonald (Jutkiewicz 73). Subs (not used): Ripley, Bailey, Smallwood, Reach.
LEICESTER: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan (c), Keane, Konchesky, Knockaert (Dyer 76), Drinkwater, James, Marshall (King 81), Nugent (Vardy 83), Wood. Subs (not used): Logan, Waghorn, Gallagher, Moore.
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire) Att: 8,595