RESIDENTS in Huddersfield woke up to a winter wonderland today.
A blanket of snow covered most of the area overnight.
Northern and eastern England and Scotland had heavy snow which caused travel misery.
But the Arctic weather has not posed a problem for motorists in West Yorkshire.
By the time most people set off for work today, major roads in Huddersfield and surrounding villages were clear of ice and snow.
Only remote areas experienced problems. No weather-related accidents were reported to the police or firefighters.
The good road conditions were thanks to an overnight gritting effort by Kirklees Council highways department.
Geoff Thorpe, co-ordinating officer for the department, said all major routes were gritted last night.
Mr Thorpe added: "We are gritting the side roads today and gritters will be out again on main routes at teatime, but it depends on the weather forecast really."
The Highways Agency had gritters out on the M62 last night and there were no problems on the motorway.
Further snow is hitting most of the UK today. Scotland and northern England will be worst affected, where temperatures will plunge to -15ºC in some areas. Most of western England is likely to escape the extreme cold, with temperatures between 1ºC and 4ºC.
However, there will be sleet, wintry showers and a hard frost overnight.
Forecasters predict a frosty morning tomorrow, but temperatures will rise during the day. The freezing conditions are not expected to lift fully until Friday evening.
British Gas is predicting more than 20,000 emergency calls a day because of burst pipes, while motoring agency the AA said it expected 8,000 more breakdowns than usual.