Stand by for The Big Chill.

Forecasters predict Huddersfield is set for its coldest spell of weather for two years over the next few days.

Temperatures are expected to stay at or below freezing for the next four days - and could dip as low as minus 6°C in some areas of the town.

There are also likely to be more snow showers, with the chance of a couple of inches of snow on higher ground.

There were heavy snow showers throughout today but they disappeared as quickly as they came.

Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens said: “It is the cold that is going to be the major factor.

“Throughout Friday temperatures struggled to get above 2°C and are not going to get much above freezing anywhere over the weekend.

“There could also be some really sharp frosts at night, with the chance of temperatures of anything from minus 4° to minus 6°C.

“That’s the coldest we have seen in Huddersfield since we had the heavy snow in March 2013 and it is set to remain bitterly cold until well into next week.

“It means that any showers we get will fall as snow or hail, rather than sleet, and we could see accumulations of up to 10cm in hilly areas, with a couple of centimetres in the town.”

Runner on Gillroyd Lane, Linthwaite, Huddersfield.
 

Kirklees Council has geared up for the cold snap.

Gritting crews were due out on Friday afternoon and planned another full run at 5am on Saturday.

They had earlier covered the priority routes at 5am on Friday.