HUDDERSFIELD’S roads were quiet with most people heeding the warnings of icy conditions over the weekend.
And although there were a spate of minor accidents, no-one was badly hurt.
From Friday through to Saturday morning the town was covered in around 3-5cms of snow with up to 15cms in upland areas and overnight temperatures of -3°C (27°F).
But rather than risk a road accident, many left their cars at home and went out on foot to enjoy the snow.
On the moors above Marsden, despite sub-zero temperatures, blizzards and deep snow on the ground, it was business as usual for the hardy Colne Valley Tree Society.
The group had been planting Scots pine trees since 10am on Saturday.
Group chairman Philip Baxter said: “I know other people will come no matter what the weather is.
“If we can get to the site we will plant. There’s not a lot of weather that will put us off.”
Huddersfield, however, wasn’t immune from snow and ice-related accidents.
A driver slid into a Longwood house on Friday evening, having lost control of his car on a steep hill.
The accident happened at the junction of Longwood Road and Cliffe End Road, Longwood, at around 6.45pm.
The crash was attended by police, who closed Cliffe End Road, and an ambulance.
The driver of the Mercedes saloon was not seriously injured.
Dean Mellor, whose house was hit by the car, said: “It’s definitely done a bit of damage. I was on my way back from work when I saw the car had ploughed into my house.
“There was also damage to the ceiling but the builder said it’s still structurally sound.
“Apparently the back of the car lifted 3ft into the air when it hit the wall.
“But it showed this 150-year-old house is pretty solid.”
Despite the heavy snow neither the Highways Agency nor the AA experienced a significant rise of incidents over the weekend.
The AA had approximately 10,000 call-outs nationally on Saturday, around 650 in the Yorkshire area.
The service received calls from 12 motorists who had become stuck in snow around Yorkshire.
AA spokesman Gavin Hill-Smith said the figures were not much higher than a normal weekend.
Mr Hill-Smith said: “Lots of people are just staying at home. Unless there’s a pressing need to go out people aren’t risking it.”
Salendine Nook weatherman Paul Stevens says the current level of snow is nothing unusual.
In recent years Huddersfield averaged about 25cms of snow in the town over five snow days and up to one metre of snow on the surrounding hills, over 10 days.
Paul added we can expect a cold week with a small chance of further snow followed by a possibility of heavy snow next weekend.
He said: “Temperatures will be close to freezing if not below on the high ground so it’ll still be very cold.
“The cold weather looks to continue all the way to the end of the week.
“Next weekend there’s a possibility of some heavy snow but it’ll be turning back to rain as air from the Atlantic begins to move in.
“There’s still a question over it, but next Sunday it could be a positively balmy 5°C!”