Historic pictures from the archive as Leeds prepares for the big chill

Leeds, 8th February 1971.
Leeds, 8th February 1971.
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Leeds is expecting to be hit by a polar vortex next week.

The weather system - nicknamed ‘the beast from the east’ becomes it originates in Siberia - is expected to bring heavy snow and freezing temperatures. To mark its arrival, we’ve delved into our archives and found some of the best photos of harsh winters in Leeds during decades past.

Click on the gallery above to view the images.