Snow has hit Huddersfield and settled thick after it started falling on Sunday afternoon.
The weather is predicted to continue throughout today (Monday) and it is likely to be icy on the roads as commuters head to work this morning.
Weather warnings from the Met Office are in place this morning, with temperatures to peak only at four degrees.
Kirklees Council have gritted major routes and potentially hazardous, rural roads.
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If you’re about to head home here’s a round-up of what’s happening on the roads:
We believe most of the main routes around Huddersfield are now clear after the earlier problems with snow.
However the A6024 Woodhead / Holme Moss Road closed due to snow between A635 Greenfield Road (Holmfirth) and A628 Woodhead Pass (High Peak).
Kirklees gritters will be heading out at 6pm.
That’s to prevent ice building up on the roads.
There remains hazardous driving conditions due to ice and snow on A628 Woodhead Pass between A57 Mottram Moor (Gun Inn Traffic Lights, Mottram in Longdendale) and A616 (Flouch Roundabout, Langsett).
The Snake Pass and Holme Moss are closed due to snow.
All other routes are running as normal.
The forecasters can’t quite decide if there’s more snow on the way.
We’re expecting ‘sleet showers’ but it could mean snow on the hills.
The Met Office says we could see some isolated snow showers largely dying away during a cold and increasingly windy evening, then Tuesday will be windy, rainy and possibly with sleet and hill snow.
The outlook for Wednesday to Friday is for wet, windy and increasingly mild Wednesday after a cold start. Brighter but colder again Thursday with blustery wintry showers, similar on Friday but with winds easing.
Snow settles in Helme
The weather may be warming a little but there’s plenty of snow settled.
This photo shows Helme and was taken by our photographer Andy Catchpool.
This was Slaithwaite this morning, looks very pretty.
Thanks to Frank Carr @FrankCarrUK for sending us the photo.
Help for homeless during cold nights
Due to continued cold temperatures, Kirklees Council continues to offer rough sleepers in Kirklees a warm bed for the night.
It’s part of the ‘Severe Weather Emergency Protocol’ (SWEP) and it is currently active until at least the morning of Wednesday 14 February.
If you can assist a homeless person click on the link for details on how to help.
As treacherous as the snow can be, it also creates some stunning snaps.
This one was taken by our photographer Andy Catchpool. It shows grey faced Dartmoor sheep in the fields below Blackmoorfoot.
Weather and road update
Huddersfield meteorologist Paul Stevens says most of the settled snow below 200m will turn to sleet later.
A reminder that some roads remain closed, they are:
1) A6024 Woodhead / Holme Moss Road closed due to snow between A635 Greenfield Road (Holmfirth) and A628 Woodhead Pass (High Peak).
2) The Snake Pass and Holme Moss are closed due to snow.
3) Hazardous driving conditions due to ice and snow on A628 Woodhead Pass between A57 Mottram Moor (Gun Inn Traffic Lights, Mottram in Longdendale) and A616 (Flouch Roundabout, Langsett).
Snowy sunrise at Scapegoat HIll
What a beautiful photograph - you can just see Castle Hill in the distance!
Imagine having a cup of tea on this balcony...
Here are a couple more pictures taken in Scape this morning:
Here’s the latest from Kirklees on the gritting of local roads:
“To update everyone on what we’ve been doing: yesterday we had a grit of all our priority routes from 4pm, with a night patrol to follow. We then received a call from our Honley depot, they recommended we kept a gritter on from 6pm onwards (we sent two out over the high grounds). By 8.30pm we had four gritters gritting well into the night.
“We did another grit of the priority routes at 5am this morning, which covered 53% of the network, against a national average of 41%. For the time being, we have nine gritters out covering the high grounds, Holme Moss, Greenfield Road, Buckstones, Scapegoat Hill, and Standedge - as well as Birdsedge, Clayton West, Emley and Skelmanthorpe - areas are under control. Updates to follow - please stay safe.”
Yet more changes to buses in the Holme Valley
This will really be affecting elderly people relying on these services to get about.
If you have an elderly neighbour who may be trapped in, why not call on them to check they are okay, warm enough and have whatever they need.
Stunning snow pictures
This was the beautiful sunrise as seen from Ingbirchworth this morning:
Station moggy braves the snow
Holmfirth police station’s resident cat Oscar is on snow patrol...
WATCH: Snow in Meltham
BBC reporter Charles Heslett has been filming the scenes in Meltham this morning:
Bus delays in Meltham
Some services are reporting delays of up to 40 minutes:
No closures to report on the motorway this morning but traffic is very slow westbound between junctions 23 and 22 between Huddersfield and Rishworth Moor.
This is due to a broken down car. All lanes are open but very slow as you can imagine.
More school bus delays
The Holmfirth High school bus is also running late:
As is the Rastrick High bus:
Major delays on Manchester Road
Reports of it taking 25 minutes from Slaithwaite to Linthwaite along Manchester Road this morning.
Traffic is nose to tail.
30 minute delays to buses
Gritters have been out since 5am
Kirklees have been gritting since the early hours. Here are the roads covered this morning...
Huddersfield town centre and surrounding areas
Almondbury and Lepton
Dewsbury, Mirfield and Batley areas
You can see the full map here.
More bus updates
Changes to school buses...
Also a couple of further road closures although these are not due to snow (but we thought you should probably know anyway):
Problems on the Kirklees Council website this morning as people are rushing to get on. However, the schools we are aware of so far that are closed or starting later are the following:
- Holme Junior & Infant School - closed
- Scholes Junior & Infant School - starting at 10am due to roads not gritted
Yellow weather warnings are in place until lunchtime today:
WATCH: Snow in Helme
Some lovely footage of the sunrise this morning:
Changes to buses
Manchester Road very busy
Expect some delays if you’re commuting into town from the Colne Valley area this morning.
Definitely better sticking to the main routes rather than smaller, rural roads though.
The following roads are closed this morning:
A640- Bucktones Road
A635- Isle of Skye/Holmfirth Road
A6024- Holme Moss Road