Live updates as shops reopen in Leeds city centre for Tier 3 lockdown

This is how Leeds city centre looks as shops reopen for Tier 3 lockdown

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 12:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 12:14 pm
Leeds city centre is not busy today despite shops reopening

Non essential shops have reopened in Leeds, as clothes superstore Primark, furniture giant IKEA and music retailer HMV throw open their doors again.

Leeds is subject to Tier 3 restrictions which means households are not able to mix indoors and pubs, bars and restaurants cannot reopen.

However, high street and independent shops are now open - with strict Covid safety measure in place.

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The queues expected outside Primark did not really materialise

Leeds city centre was busy with people getting in their Christmas shopping but it was not overwhelmingly so, though footfall did pick up around lunch time.

Nicola Irvine, 37, from west Leeds said: “I just came in to get my Christmas shopping over and done with.

“It would have been nice to be able to meet up with my sister and maybe go for lunch.

“I thought there would be huge queues but it has been absolutely fine.

The stores in Leeds city centre did not have any major queues to speak of by mid-morning

“I’ve have done some Christmas shopping online but you want to see certain things in person. I can’t do my primark haul online!”

Sisters Amelia Tooze, 27, from Yeadon, and Isabelle Tooze, 25, Moortown, also came in early to do their Christmas shopping.

Amelia said: “we came in at 9 because we were worried it would be really busy but it’s been fine.

“We’ve done some Christmas shopping but it’s nice to do it in person. It’s also just nice to get dressed up for someone thing.”

Isabelle added: “Yeah it’s just nice to do something that isn’t a long walk in the countryside.”

One man, who did not want to be named but frequenters of Leeds will know as the Hot Chestnut Man, said: “we’ve been here throughout lockdown as we’re a food businesses but no one has been interested.

“I’ve manned this cart for 15 years and I’ve worked with the family business for 50, since I was 16. It’s just not the same after Covid. We couldn’t work the summer fairs and have less trade.

“It’s only early days today but I’ve told my boss not to expect a lot today, I think trade will pick up over the weekend when people are off work”

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Leeds news LIVE: Friday, December 4

Last updated: Friday, 04 December, 2020, 09:43

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  • Parts of the north will continue to see “significant snow” over the next 24 hours and could experience the lowest overnight temperatures of the year, the Met Office has said.

Snow in Leeds city centre

Snow in Leeds city centre
Snow in Cookridge, Leeds.
Snow in Cookridge, Leeds.

First signs of snow spotted in Alwoodley

The first signs of snow have been spotted in the north Leeds suburb of Alwoodley.

Snow in Alwoodley

Will it snow in Leeds?

Although snow has been seen in Bradford and Huddersfield, there are no reports of any snowfall in Leeds yet today.

According to the Met Office, Leeds will see very heavy rain from 8am until abou4 2pm when it begins to ease into light rain.

It will soon pick back up again becoming heavy rain again by 8pm.

Snow is expected in hilly areas.

The Met Office said: "A cold and cloudy day. Rain and snow, mainly on hills, spreading westwards through the morning. Rain turning showery into the afternoon with low cloud becoming more extensive as winds ease. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

"Cloudy with spells of rain and hill snow throughout the night. Turning drier but breezier in the east through the early hours. Ice or frost possible where winds stay light. Minimum temperature -2 °C.

“Saturday - Mainly bright, but with scattered showers of rain and isolated hill snow through much of the day, winds easing. Drier overnight with some icy patches likely. Maximum temperature 6 °C.”

More snow expected across the North with temperatures as low as -10C

Parts of the north will continue to see “significant snow” over the next 24 hours and could experience the lowest overnight temperatures of the year, the Met Office has said.

It warned that icy temperatures could cause showery rain to fall as sleet or snow in parts of Wales and southern England, such as Wiltshire and Hampshire.

A number of yellow warnings for ice and snow were in place overnight across large areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland and stretch down into North Yorkshire.

Alex Burkill, meteorologist at the Met Office, said the “most significant snow” was likely to fall in England, in Cumbria and the Pennines – where areas above 400m could see up to 10cm.

“That’s a significant amount of snow especially this early in December,” he said.

“The snowiest months are usually a bit later into winter, January and February and also it’s very early in December at the moment.”

Mr Burkill added that the conditions could “quite easily make it the coldest night of the year so far”.

Police urge drivers on snowy M62 to take extra care

Traffic police are urging drivers using the M62 to take extra care in the snowy conditions

Photos show snow settling across Yorkshire Dales:

These stunning photographs show the snow in the Dales:

Snow in North Yorkshire

News of snow settling in West Yorkshire is unsurprising after residents in North Yorkshire reported heavy snow yesterday.

Resident Thomas Beresford shared some images from Newby Head Pass, which connects the county with Cumbria. The area saw three inches of snow by Thursday morning.

The first snow has fallen in Yorkshire this morning. Photos: Thomas Beresford
The scene at Fleet Moss. Photos: Thomas Beresford

First picture of snow on the M62 in West Yorkshire:

Snow on the M62 at Junction 22 near Huddersfield. Photo: West Yorkshire Police.
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