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Freak hailstones hit Huddersfield as April showers continue

Strange 'graupel' showers mixed with blue skies over Huddersfield with predictions for cold and wet bank holiday weekend

Huddersfield's had a little bit of everything in April — from bright, sunny days to snowstorms and now sporadic hailstorms.

Sizeable hailstones fell in short showers again today, mingled with brighter spells.

Some of the sleet and snow has fallen as graupel, a hybrid frozen precipitation sometimes referred to as 'snow pellets'.

The small pellets of ice form when super-cooled water droplets coat, or rime, a snowflake.

Hailstones fall on Huddersfield
Hailstones fall on Huddersfield

Graupel pellets are cloudy or white — not clear like sleet — and often are mistaken for small hail.

And it seems the colder weather is set to continue, with warnings of a cold and wet bank holiday weekend from Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens.

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He told the Examiner yesterday: "We had several heavy hail showers with some falling as graupel. The Met Office has confirmed temperatures are unusually low.

Conventional snow outside the Examiner office yesterday

"There is no sign yet of any prolonged warm or dry spell and I think we’re going to have to wait well into May for that to happen."

“It looks set to stay cold for the rest of the week and the weekend is a mixture of sunshine and showers, although staying generally chilly.”



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