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Welcome to our live blog on the Mini Beast from the East - a Siberian weather system which has been bringing subzero temperatures, snow and gales to Huddersfield.

We'll keep you updated on the disruptions that the storm is causing.

The Met Office yesterday upgraded its weather warning to amber with temperatures set to fall to -3°C and winds of up to 50mph.

Highways England warned motorists to stay off trans-Pennine routes, including the M62, in case vehicles become stranded; as happened during the Beast from the East proper which struck just over two weeks ago.

The conditions are set to persist through the weekend, easing after midday on Sunday.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Snow showers are expected to become more frequent through Saturday evening and night with icy patches also developing on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

"Strong easterly winds will lead to some temporary blizzard conditions and drifting of snow.

"Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers.

"Some delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely.

"There is a chance that some rural communities will be cut off."

Naturally we'd like to see what you're up to in this weather. You can send us your photos via Twitter @examiner or email nick@examiner.co.uk.

M62 gridlocked

The Highways Agency is telling people the M62 is the best way to cross the Pennines tonight. However, they’d prefer it if you didn’t travel at all.

If you do, you’ll have to get past this first.

No buses in Huddersfield

The main bus operator in West Yorkshire, First, has suspended all services.

Red light problems in Huddersfield?

Have you noticed this? According to this fire chief all the pedestrian crossings in town have gone haywire!

Victim with broken leg

Mountain rescue experts have been needed in Marsden after an ambulance crew needed help to get to someone with a broken leg

Car on its roof

The slippy roads and poor visibility have claimed another victim.

This car has rolled on a road in Halifax. Police say there is a minor injury.

Crash on the M62

These vehicles have fallen foul of the horrendous conditions out there.

The post says the crash is near Bradford on the westbound side, so will affect motorists heading to Huddersfield from Leeds.

M62 looks like this

This is the latest picture from one of the traffic cameras over the tops.

It looks like two lanes are covered in snow, which is never nice on a motorway.

This is from somewhere near J22 Rishworth Moor, about five miles west of Huddersfield.

M62 at Rishworth Moor
M62 at Rishworth Moor (Image: Crown)

Meltham badly affected

Thanks to Jane Brook for updating us on the conditions in Meltham.

Road conditions in Meltham Road

Snow in Meltham Road

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Huddersfield bus travel latest

Bad news if you were planning to head Cowlersley or Newsome by bus tonight!

Buses are also cutting out Blackmoorfoot Road due to the snow.

Raise a glass to our rescue volunteers!

No pints of Guinness for the volunteers at Holme Valley Mountain Rescue tonight!

M62 latest

Latest motorway traffic reports are showing the M62 is slow in both directions between J22 Rishworth Moor and J23 A643 (Huddersfield).

There is also congestion on A640 New Hey Road to Gibson Street.

Accident blocking road

We’ve just heard a car and a van have crashed in Greenhead Lane and are blocking the road.

Fire chief says to stay indoors

West Yorkshire’s fire chief has just posted this on Twitter.

It shows blizzard conditions in Meltham. Best to stay at home tonight I think

Traffic also very slow on major routes out of Huddersfield

The traffic is looking very slow on A640 New Hey Road and A629 Halifax Road.

Traffic very slow on M62 at Scammonden

Traffic is slowing to near a halt on the M62 at Scammonden.

The Highways Agency yesterday warned drivers to stay away from trans-Pennine routes, including the M62, during severe weather brought by the ‘Mini Beast from the East’.

Treacherous driving conditions in Holme Valley

Our (off-duty) reporter Andrew Robinson has been struggling to get up the hill into Honley village.

Traffic starting to build up on some roads

Traffic heavier than normal on A629 Halifax Road out of town from Blacker Road (Edgerton Cemetery) to A643 Brighouse Road (Ainley Top).

This is the M62 right now

It looks like conditions are deteriorating up between J23 and J22.

The picture below shows snow is beginning to settle in the fast lane.

The traffic camera picture of the next junction along shows things have gone all dark.

The M62 at Rishworth Moor
The M62 at Rishworth Moor (Image: Crown)

Examiner weatherman hails forecast

Paul Stevens is probably the only person in Kirklees rejoicing that the snow has arrived.

He predicted it and it came.

A flurry of calls to 999

There’s been quite a few flurries of snow and also to Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

I suspect the two things are connected.

Try to take it easy in the snow whether on foot or in a vehicle as there is a limited amount of ambulances out there.

The beast is taunting us

We just had a near white out here at Examiner HQ and now it’s completely clear again.

I suppose it’s a warning of what’s coming later.

Hopefully everyone gets home safely from the John Smith’s and if you’re going out later, stay local if you can.

Here’s a gallery of the snow we had this morning in the Holme Valley

Is the M62 still flowing?

People have heeded the warnings to stay away from motorway.

This picture from a traffic camera moments ago shows all is well, although I bet it’s a tad blustery if you’re in a high sided vehicle.

Still no snowfall to speak of but we are on the western edge of the predicted deluge coming from the east. In other words we in Kirklees will be the last to get it.

The M62 at Scammonden this afternoon
The M62 at Scammonden this afternoon (Image: Crown)

Hailing down at the ground

Winter and spring are at war in Huddersfield right now.

Winter is due to win later and has already landed a few blows, including this hail it threw on Town fans heading to the game.

Hold on to your hats

It’s getting blustery out there so take care if you have to be outdoors.

Stronger wind more than likely means the snow is being blown in from the east.

The chaps at Highways England - the government agency that takes care of the M62 - say they’re ready.

A casualty of the white stuff?

This car appears to have come a cropper this morning in the snow.

If you look closely the air bags have gone off.

If you know anything about this incident get in touch with us via social media.

Mini Beast from the East hits Huddersfield. Air bags deployed on taxi, on Greenfield Road near The Ford Inn, above Holmfirth.
Mini Beast from the East hits Huddersfield. Air bags deployed on taxi, on Greenfield Road near The Ford Inn, above Holmfirth. (Image: Simon Morley)

Wintry scenes

There’s been a lull in the snow but forecasters have assured us the Mini Beast From The East is coming in the next couple of hours.

Here’s what it’s first wave of showers did to the Holme Valley this morning.

Emergency numbers

If you’ve spotted something that needs fixing or have an emergency request, here are the urgent KIrklees Council hotlines

100 grits!

The hard working team at Kirklees Winter has revealed it’s had a far busier cold season than last year.

This morning they have hit the 100 grits mark, nearly double what they did for all of last winter.

Snow has hit the Holme Valley

If you’re an urban dweller you may be wondering what all the fuss is about.

Well this photo just in from our snapper shows that snow has well and truly coated the upper parts of the Holme Valley.

This picture was taken near Holmfirth this morning.

Wintry conditions in the Holme Valley. View from Dean Road, above Holmfirth.
Wintry conditions in the Holme Valley. View from Dean Road, above Holmfirth. (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)