Video: Icy Leeds braces itself for more freezing weather

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Icy Leeds is bracing itself for further freezing weather with no end to the winter woe in sight.

While things looks set to warm up slightly over the weekend, the region will be plunged back into a deep freeze next week with temperatures struggling to get above zero.

Forecasters say Leeds will see temperatures rise to eight or nine degrees over the next few days but the milder spell won't last long.

Snowfall and ice have caused chaos throughout the area since the cold snap began and it's showing no signs of letting up.

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Temperatures in the city look set to hover between 1 and 2 degrees from next week onwards – and well into the new year.

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A Leeds City Council spokesman said: "Gritting teams continue to keep the city's roads moving and no schools are currently closed due to snow.

"The city is well stocked with grit and the plans we have had in place worked well during the recent snow.

"We will continue to monitor the situation closely so that gritting can be increased should the weather worsen."

Wakefield Council has gritted 10,000 miles of road so far and say keeping the city moving is one of their main priorities in the coming weeks.

Graham West, Wakefield Council's highways manager, said: "Due to continuing icy conditions, our gritting teams are out now concentrating on roads included in wheeled bin collection rounds to ensure that this essential service is maintained.

"Our aim has been to keep Wakefield moving, and that is what we've done. We have had crews working round the clock during the bad weather."

Heavy snowfall caused travel chaos last week on major routes in and out of Leeds.

The AA have dealt with a record number of callouts in Yorkshire and Humberside since the wintry weather started with up to 2000 breakdowns each day – double their usual workload.

Helen Chivers, spokesperson for Met Office said: "We expect the cold weather will stay with us into the new year with the occasional milder spells. Temperatures are set to rise over the next few days, with frost at night but it will turn colder again next week."

Millennium Square and Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds City Centre.

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