HUDDERSFIELD was warned to batten down the hatches as winds reached 70mph - with more to come.

The past few days have seen winds getting stronger and stronger.

Salendine Nook weather expert Paul Stevens said it has been one of the town's windiest spells of weather for more than 20 years.

"Gusts reached up to 70mph last night. Later this evening and overnight it will become even windier.

"A small but explosive low pressure area is forming to the west of Ireland and moving quickly north-east overnight towards north-east Scotland.

"Huddersfield will remain on the southern side of this depression. Due to the steep pressure gradient on the southern side winds up to 45mph or 50mph mean will result.

"But there could be damaging gusts up to 80mph and possibly as high as 90mph in the Pennines."

Meteorologist Mr Stevens added that trees saturated after very heavy rain may well be brought down.

There was also a high risk of damage to property.

"I would warn people to check that fences and sheds are as secure as possible and not to travel through the night or first thing tomorrow," he said.

"Stay tuned for further updates from the Met Office.

"Road conditions will be dangerous, especially on higher and exposed Pennine routes. The M62 will be particularly affected."

And once the winds die down, it seems we are in for some wet and wintry weather.

Mr Stevens said heavy rain could last through the weekend. There could possibly be as much as 50mm and some could well fall as snow in some areas.

"This could lead to some blizzards on the higher Pennines in Kirklees late tomorrow afternoon and overnight before milder air returns on Sunday evening," said Mr Stevens.