It was a case of heavy rain rather than deep snow for Huddersfield.

Warmer than expected temperatures last night meant predicted snow across much of the town failed to materialise.

But there were several inches of snow up on the moors, as a belt of low pressure swept across northern England rather than West Yorkshire.

It missed us by about 30 miles”, said Salendine Nook weatherman Paul Stevens.

“We are talking about forecasts for a spot 25km by 25km on a global scale and it is difficult.

“We expected snow in most areas, but were never likely to get more than a couple of centimetres in most areas. Up on the moors it did fall as snow and at Holme Moss there was up to 10cm in places.

“In Huddersfield it fell as heavy rain and in a 12-hour period from 4.30pm on Thursday we got more than 15mm of rain. That brought the monthly total to 60cm so far and as the monthly average is only 80cm, it looks as though we are in for a very wet December.

“We also saw temperatures rise during the night to a little above 4° C at midnight which meant the snow stayed away”.

 

Mr Stevens said the next few days should see a mix of mild and dry weather with cooler spells and wintry showers, and the forecast remains the same up to Chrismas.

Highways officials closed the A6024 over Holme Moss yesterday evening but it re-opened at 9.30am today. Drivers on the A62 over Standedge also faced problems last night but it stayed open.

Council staff are trying to repair problems with a broken water pump at Leeds Road playing fields. It has meant that a large section of the sports fields are under water and games have been cancelled.

Most parts of the UK will experience some respite following the stormy weather of recent days, Met Office forecaster Kate Brown said.

“As showers ease off later, much of the country will see dry and bright conditions, but it will still feel cool with north-westerly winds,” she said.

Flooded Leeds Road Playing Fields in Huddersfield.