Video: Winds batter Leeds ahead of snow threat

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Ferocious winds are continuing to batter Leeds and Yorkshire causing travel disruption - as snow is predicted for later today.

On Friday motorists faced rush-hour traffic chaos in Leeds as the city was battered by gale-force winds.

City workers battle against the winds outside Bridgewater Place, Leeds.  PIC: Tony Johnson

City workers battle against the winds outside Bridgewater Place, Leeds. PIC: Tony Johnson

The road junction at the city centre’s Bridgewater Place skyscraper was closed to all vehicles between 4am and 10am yesterday due to concerns over safety.

Extensive queues built up in the area directly around the landmark 32-storey tower during the morning rush-hour.

Drivers on the M621 in Leeds also had to contend with lengthy tailbacks as a result of the closure, which came as wind speeds in the city touched 60mph. Delays of 40 minutes were reported on the route’s eastbound carriageway between Gildersome and the city centre.

Motorists heading westbound on the M621 had to deal with hold-ups of about 15 minutes in the Hunslet area.

Leeds City Council shut the Bridgewater Place junction again at 5pm yesterday, with its reopening not expected until about 11am today.

A council spokeswoman said: “Anyone likely to be in the area at any time during the closure is advised to take extra travel time into account or make alternative arrangements where possible.”

A small number of flights departing from Leeds Bradford Airport were delayed by around an hour due to yesterday morning’s high winds.

Two incoming flights were also cancelled due to bad weather at Dublin and London Heathrow respectively.

on Friday The Met Office issued a snow and ice weather warning for the whole of Yorkshire and Humberside for the period from 6am on Saturday until midday tomorrow. (Sunday)

The area around the base of Bridgewater Place can be gripped by a dangerous “wind tunnel” effect in stormy conditions.

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