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Wind turns icy Blackstone Edge reservoir into a work of art

Amazing sight above Ripponden

At first sight it looks like photos from the Arctic ... but this amazing ‘ice field’ is much closer to home.

For these photos were taken at Blackstone Edge reservoir above Ripponden on Tuesday by Examiner reader Michael Wood from Primrose Hill.

Michael 29, a mature student studying psychology at the University of Huddersfield, said: “I had cycled up Cragg Vale and upon reaching the top Blackstone Edge reservoir had frozen.

“The ice had cracked and the wind had blown it all to one side only for it to re-freeze in a quite spectacular jagged ice formation. Many people had stopped to look at this. It was an amazing sight and I think shows how blooming cold it’s been around Huddersfield lately.

“I often cycle past the reservoir and had never seen it like that before – it looked like a scene from another planet!”

Click below to see Michael's amazing pictures

But it’s a sight that won’t be repeated for a while and you probably won’t even have to scrape ice off your car as the weather over the weekend is set to be rainy and mild with temperatures around 9˚C (48˚F) to 10˚C (50˚F).

Next week looks to be a mixed picture dominated by cloud, rain and temperatures between 5˚C and 8˚C.



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