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Gritters out in Huddersfield as snow hits town

And the forecast? There's more wintry weather for early May

Gritting crews were out in Huddersfield today as winter refused to back away.

Kirklees Council carried out a full grit on all the priority routes from 5am as temperatures dipped below freezing again.

And Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens has warned of more snow overnight - and more snow and sleet coming into town as we head into May next week.

Mr Stevens recorded a temperature of minus 1°C during the night as many parts of the town were hit by sleet and snow.

“That’s one of the coldest nights in late April for a long, long time,” he said.

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“And there is no sign of winter letting up.

“We have had a couple of days of really heavy sleet and hail showers, and overnight we got a couple of centimetres of snow up on the hills above Holmfirth and Holme Moss. It’s still there despite the sunshine.

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“We are now looking at a deep band of low pressure coming our way and that is going to bring more wet and wintry weather.

“The sunshine we have this morning will give way to thick cloud during the day and that will bring in the rain.

“It will be sleet in many areas and as we head overnight and temperatures drop again, we could see that turn to snow in many areas.

“Don’t be surprised to wake up tomorrow with a dusting of sleet or snow even in areas as low down as Greenhead Park.

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“We are not talking about the levels of 1981 when we got an astonishing 18 inches of snow in late April but it will be there for many of us.

“Friday will stay cold and wet, with again showers of rain, sleet and snow, and although Saturday is a bit better, with slightly milder temperatures, more rain and sleet is on ther way for Sunday and Monday.

“There is no sign yet we are rid of winter.”

Kirklees Council confirmed that patrols had been monitoring road conditions through the night and gritting crews were sent out at 5am ahead of the morning commute, to grit potentially icy roads.



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