It was chilly enough to see many people scraping ice off their cars this morning, but the cold spell which has blanketed Huddersfield for several days will be over by tomorrow.

And temperatures, which have struggled to rise above 5C in recent days, will have more than doubled by the weekend.

Examiner weatherman Paul Stevens says mild weather is on the way, bringing with it some rain, but nothing on the scale which caused the Boxing Day floods.

“We’ve had temperatures which you would associate with winter, but it looks like the cold spell is just about over and done with.

“Last night it was down to minus three degrees in parts of Huddersfield, but that was the last of the really chilly weather for some time.

“Over the next seven to 10 days it looks like being mild with rain, sometimes heavy, moving in.

“But there is nothing to suggest rain like we had which caused the flooding, and it looks like things will stay that way at least until the beginning of February.”

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Parts of America, especially Washington and New York, are braced for several feet of snow in the next few days, and Mr Stevens said the weather system responsible will then head towards the UK.

“But by the time it reaches us, it will be much milder and may just bring some rain.

“We can’t say that it’s spring yet, but temperatures could rise to as high as 13 or 14 over the coming days which will make things feel much warmer as we head into February.”