Leeds: Cold weather still causing problems

The 'big freeze' is set to thaw over the weekend, according to forecasters – but sporting facilities, refuse collections and transport services in Leeds are still being hit by the weather.

Leeds City Council has said that all of its sports pitches will remain unavailable for use this weekend, with a decision yet to be made on when they will reopen.

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This is the second weekend in a row that the council-managed pitches have been closed.

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Continuing disruptions to refuse collections also remain likely after Leeds City Council was forced to halt garden waste removals this week to concentrate on household rubbish and recycling services.

Elsewhere, the Met Office has continued to put out advice for today, warning motorists about the ongoing risk of widespread icy roads due to the remaining snow and possible showers.

First Buses is also warning customers of the possibility of some delays due to the continuing icy conditions.

A spokeswoman for the Met Office said that the West Yorkshire area would be mainly dry over the weekend – but there would be an increasing chance of more snow showers towards the end of next week.

She said: "As always, the public are advised to continue to keep up-to-date with our forecasts and we will continue to issue advisories and warnings when necessary as we have done throughout the cold spell."

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