Welcome to today's live updates as Huddersfield continues to battle heavy snow.
Traffic was subjected to severe disruption yesterday evening (Tuesday) as roads were ground to a halt. Some motorists on the M62 experienced delays of up to four hours.
Several roads were blocked, including the Woodhead Pass where there were a number of minor crashes. Bradford Road was also log-jammed with drivers taking more than an hour to travel the two miles from Bradley roundabout to the Huddersfield ring road.
Yellow weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office and remain in place today (Wednesday) for snow and ice.
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More of the white stuff may fall this evening
Intermittent snow showers may fall again this evening in higher parts.
Gritting teams are out again in both Kirklees and Calderdale.
Northern Powergrid alert and ready
Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for keeping Yorkshire’s electricity running, has said they are prepared for the high winds, snow and ice due to hit the region.
A spokesperson said: “We’re monitoring the weather very closely and have already taken action to ensure that we have extra engineers ready to restore power and carry out repairs if there is any damage to our network as a result of the conditions.
“We’re also ready with additional advisors at our local 24-hour contact centre – who can be reached by calling the free 105 power cut number - as well as teams in other locations around our business who will be ready to offer our customers support and advice.”
Amber weather warning for SNOW
Highways England have released a snow alert for parts of the North and transpennine routes near Huddersfield are considered to be at greatest risk.
Drivers travelling on high parts of the M62 and the A628 at Woodhead Pass are advised to proceed with caution as more snow is due to hit the area tonight.
The amber warning will be in place from 8pm this evening until 7am tomorrow.
Kim Taylor, Highways England’s duty operations manager, said: “We will be monitoring all of our routes in particularly the A628 which may have to close for safety reasons later this evening due to the severe weather that is forecast.
“Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel.”
Meanwhile in lower climes...
The snow is nearly all melted in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield.
Still snowy in some parts
Our reporter has just been up around Barkisland and it’s still pretty deep there...
Wheel spin in slush
This was the scene at Shorehead roundabout in Huddersfield town centre yesterday at 4.30pm. Wheels spinning as cars try to make their way up a very slushy road.
Calderdale gritters to stay on the job all day
After warnings from the Met office that the bad weather is likely to continue, Calderdale Council have assured residents they will continue to grit roads all day.
The council’s Assistant Director for Strategic Infrastructure, Steven Lee, said: “As the forecast is for further snow showers and the yellow warning for snow is in force until 11am today with another warning from 6pm tonight, our gritters will be continuously driving the routes throughout the day.
“As gritters will have snow ploughs attached, they will need a clear width of 3.5m between parked cars, so residents are urged to leave enough space when they park tonight.
“We will continue to deliver a full service across the day on all our main priority routes which the majority of people use in order to ensure that they are kept clear, and access to emergency services is maintained.
“Once primary routes are cleared, the remaining roads on the precautionary network will be cleared.”
Calderdale Council have been out in town centres today clearing footpaths.
A full grit at 6pm
Grit’s a kind of magic...
"It was like something out of a movie"
Ben Morris was walking home along Greenhead Lane in Almondbury last night when he came across several cars “smashed up” after accidents in the snow...
Greenfield Road back open
The road from Holmfirth to Greenfield has re-opened, our traffic partners Inrix are reporting.
...and another one
Okay, it’s a tanker this time. Not a car. And it’s just gotten a bit stuck.
This was also up near Hepworth this morning. West Yorkshire Roads Policing Unit attended and the road has now been cleared.
Another car has crashed in the snow...
Police are at the scene of another crash near the Holme Valley this morning.
This was on the A616 at Crow Edge near Hepworth at around 10.30am this morning.
Yellow warning for wind
Yellow weather warnings remain in place for Huddersfield tomorrow - but for wind rather than snow.
The Met Office say:
Strong winds will affect parts of the UK early on Thursday. The strongest winds are expected to transfer eastwards across the warning area before clearing by mid morning. Road, rail and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations.
“There is also a possibility that some bridges may close. Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible, along with some damage to buildings.
SIX crashes on one street
Six cars crashed in ONE evening on this Almondbury street yesterday.
Greenhead Lane had six collisions as cars slipped on the ice and drivers abandoned their vehicles.
Ben Morris took these pictures. One woman in a Vauxhall Corsa was injured and went to hospital but her injuries are not thought to be serious.
Advice from Huddersfield Pc Sally Baines on avoiding trouble on the roads:
Bins, bins, bins
Kirklees say bin lorries may not be able to get to rural addresses today.
The lorries can struggle on some uphill roads with the snow and ice but the council say bins will be emptied at a later date if they are unable to reach you today.
Helme School to open late
Bit late notice now but Helme School is Meltham is now opening at 10am, we’ve been informed.
Severe weather warnings remain in place
Huddersfield is facing more severe weather warnings after it struggled to cope with the snow and ice last night.
Two more days of snow are on the cards, with more traffic disruption expected this evening. Read more about it here.
Facebook Live video of cars in snow and ice at Paddock last night
Video courtesy of Akeib Raj Mahmood
Motorist attempting Holmfirth to Sheffield at 5am this morning
Statement from Kirklees
The council issued this statement last night:
It’s been a challenging day with our crews working to battle the weather. We’ve had all 31 gritters out at 7am Tuesday morning, then again at 2pm and again at teatime. Five gritters stayed on all day between the main grits. The road conditions have still made driving challenging with a large amount of water causing issues.
We will have 4 crews out overnight Tue/Wed with all 31 gritters out at 5am Wed, but conditions are likely to be difficult so please think if your journey is essential, if you do travel please leave plenty of time and drive to the conditions.
Longest journey home...?
It was the journey from hell for thousands of motorists across Huddersfield and the rest of West Yorkshire last night.
It took some hours to get just a few miles.
Can you beat this for record time? It took our sports editor Mel Booth two hours and 50 minutes to drive from our offices in Bradley back home to Netherthong. That’s an approximate average of three miles an hour. Ouch!
Heavy traffic on the M62 this morning...there are hazardous conditions due to the snow.
Traffic is slow around junctions 22 in both directions, eastbound at Ainley Top and westbound at junction 29.
List of school closures so far
Here are the schools closed today.
This may change and we’ll keep you informed should anymore close.
- Greenhead College opens later from lesson two
- Holmfirth High School is closed
- Holme Junior & Infants is closed
- Meltham Moor School is open from 10am
- Scholes Junior & Infant School is closed
(FYI: This is a stock picture...the school certainly doesn’t look like this today!)
Royds Hall is OPEN
All Royds Hall Academy sites are open today despite the weather, they just confirmed for us.
Council website crashes!
Looks like the Kirklees Council website is experiencing some issues this morning.
The site is struggling to meet demand...
We’ll update you as soon as we have more information about school closures.
Here’s a list of the roads which are closed this morning due to the weather:
- Woodhead Road in Holmfirth is closed in both directions between the A635 Greenfield Road and A628 turn off for Holmfirth
- The A635 over Saddleworth Moor is closed between Holmfirth and Greenfield
- The Woodhead Pass is closed - and so is the Snake Pass
- Huddersfield Road in Denshaw is closed in both directions between the A640 Rochdale Road and B6114 Moselden Height, affecting traffic between Oldham and Huddersfield