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Schools close as winter weather bites back — Take a virtual tour of snowy Huddersfield

Schools close as winter bites back with a vengeance

Several inches of snow fell in parts of Huddersfield as winter bit back.

There were reports of up to 18cm of snow up towards Holme Moss yesterday morning and as much as 11cm at the top of Salendine Nook.

The heavy snow turned to rain during the course of the day but Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens warned that there are more snow showers on the way for the weekend.

Watch: Snow covers Shepley

Several Kirklees schools and many in Calderdale were closed because of the weather.

The snow began falling on Thursday night and continued for several hours.

Kirklees Council had gritted all the priority roads on Thursday evening but many of the side roads were treacherous as people left for work this morning.

During the course of the day several roads were closed. They included the A6024 over Holme Moss and the A635 Greenfield Road.

The M62 remained open but at times conditions were very poor.

Kirklees Rural Police reporetd a spate of accidents, thankfully without injury.

A spokesman said: “Traffic incidents have been coming in thick and fast and we have had two cars into walls and one on its roof. Take care out there.”

Further afield Leeds Bradford Airport was forced to close for some hours as crews worked to clear the runway.

Watch: A drive along Broadstone Road, Birdsedge

A spokesman said: “We have had 5cm of snow, it started at 1am. The snow-clearing teams are out on the runway making sure we could reopen as soon as possible.”

A Manchester Airport spokesman said the airport was fully open for flights, but added that the snow was causing “minor delays to departing aircraft”.

More than 40 schools across West Yorkshire closed.

The Met Office warned motorists to allow extra time for journeys because of icy conditions on the roads.

Mr Stevens said: “The rain turned to snow at 10.38pm on Thursday and it was steady since then, with a lull about breakfast time.

“It’s certainy at the top end of what was forecast and at Holme, there are reports of 18cm by mid morning.

VIDEO: Snowy Cumberworth

“There is more to come with snow in all areas over the weekend.

“The winds are likely to pick up and that could cause drifting in some exposed areas.

“It will also turn colder for the weekend and there will be snow in heavy showers”.

Similar snowfall was recorded at Leek in Staffordshire and Shap in Cumbria, and several A roads were closed over the high Pennines in south Yorkshire.

Strong, north-easterly winds and wintry showers in many places will ensure temperatures remain below normal at least until the middle of next week.

Watch: Snow in High Flatts



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