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Heavy snow falling in Huddersfield with more to come throughout the day

Heavy snow in several areas as temperatures drop below freezing

Winter hit Huddersfield with a vengeance today.

There were heavy snowfalls in many areas, especially over the hills, and temperatures dropped below freezing - at the start of the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

Areas around Holmfirth were badly hit with several inches of snow.

Kirklees Council gritting crews were out at 5am this morning to make sure all the main routes through the area were kept clear.

Snow at Netherthong this morning

On the M62 there were problems for drivers.

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Police reported hazardous driving conditions and very slow traffic on the stretch between Junction 22 at Rishworth Moor and Junction 24 at Ainley Top because of snow.

Many areas were turned into a winter wonderland, with heavy snow, particularly on higher ground.


It led to problems on the roads, with many routes treacherous.

Police reported a car crashed into a wall in Holme Lane, Slaithwaite. Thankfully no-one was hurt but with the road blocked, and hazardous conditions, it was some time before a recovery vehicle could reach it.

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Many commuters found their drive to work was tricky, and there were particular problems for people heading from Huddersfield towards Bradford, which had very heavy snowfalls in parts.

Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens recorded 5cm of snow at Salendine Nook and talked of “blizzard-type conditions”.

He said: “The sky this morning was obscured by heavy snow amd the temperatures dropped just below freezing.

Snow at Outlane, Huddersfield.

“The snow is coming in in showers, some of them heavy, and in between the skies are clear and bright.

“We can expect further snow moderate to heavy over the next few hours but it is likely to turn to sleet anywhere below 1,000 feet, which is across most of Huddersfield.

“It is possible we will get a few more centimetres of snow throughout the day.

“The wintry showers will be dying out later with a cold evening and night, with a widespread forst.

“Drivers should be wary because over high ground some of that snow may drift during the morning making it difficult over some of the higher routes.”

He said Saturday should be brighter and milder, with just a few showers.



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