Huddersfield is set to be hit by “an Arctic plunge”.

And a blast of cold air from the far north could bring one of the coldest nights of the winter this weekend.

Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens has warned that temperatures could get as low as minus 3°C on Saturday night, with the risk of sleet or snow over the next 48 hours.

The weather forecast for the next few days from the Met Office

The region is set to be sandwiched by huge banks of cold air from both the south and the north, which means any rain could well fall as sleet or snow.

“The phrase Arctic plunge sums it up perfectly,” said Mr Stevens.

“The cold air particularly from the north will be very chilled and as we are in for some bands of heavy rain throughout much of Friday, that could well mean sleet or snow.

“Certainly the hills over 1,000 feet could well see 1-2cm of snow by Saturday morning and even parts of the town such as Greenhead Park could see snow on the grass and sleet falling.

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“As we head through Saturday evening the temperature really falls away from the daytime high of about 6°C and we could be in for one of the coldest nights we have had in the winter and this spring.

“The good news is that Sunday should start to warm up, with any lying snow melting away, and temperatures will rise gradually.

“By the time we get into next week it is likely that temperatures will be around about normal for the time of year, in double figures.

“We could also start to see a period of dryer weather.”