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Gritting teams out as Storm Jake brings snow to Huddersfield

High-lying areas hit by heavy falls this morning

Gritting crews were out again in Huddersfield today as Storm Jake brought snow sweeping into town.

Roads in outlying areas were covered in a thin blanket of snow but there were no reports of any roads being closed.

Motorists did complain about conditions on the moorland roads such as the A635 but all were passable.

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Kirklees Council’s gritting teams were out at 6pm yesterday covering the priority routes and returned to the roads again at 5am today.

A spokesman said: “We’ve had a forecast of rain, hail, sleet and snow mix, but there’s uncertainty in the forecast over the extent and intensity.

“We will continue to monitor conditions”.

There was a Met Office yellow “be aware” warnings for snow and ice for much of northern England and northern Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with up to 5cm expected in many places, rising to 10cm on higher ground.

There is a yellow warning of wind covering south-west England and South Wales as squally weather arrives from 8am, bringing widespread inland gusts of up to 50mph and coastal gales of 70mph.

A plunge in temperatures following wet weather on Tuesday night brings a risk of ice on untreated roads and motorists are being alerted to difficult conditions during the morning rush hour.

Highways England told motorists to plan for disruption as several centimetres of snow is expected to accumulate in Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and across to the Humber.



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