First heavy snow fall blasts Yorkshire as these dramatic photos and video show

The first snow has fallen in Yorkshire bringing blizzards to parts of the county - as these dramatic photos show

By Alex Evans
Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 10:40 am
Updated Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 11:06 am
The first snow has fallen in Yorkshire this morning. Photos: Thomas Beresford
The first snow has fallen in Yorkshire this morning. Photos: Thomas Beresford

After days of forecasts for flurries, the first flakes have fallen in Yorkshire as these dramatic photos from Thomas Beresford show.

Gritters were out in force in North Yorkshire on Wednesday night after heavy snow began to batter the county.

But it clearly wasn't enough to stop the snow settling and within hours cars were grinding to a halt.

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Tractors with snow ploughs were then spotted on the snowy country roads this morning.

Newby Head Pass in North Yorkshire, which connects the county with Cumbria, saw three inches of snow by Thursday morning.

Fleet Moss in North Yorkshire was also blanketed in heavy snow.

But is Leeds likely to see any snow just yet?

This was the scene in Newby Head pass this morning. Photos: Thomas Beresford

This is the forecast for Leeds:

Thursday: After a chilly and bright start, cloud will increase from the west to bring outbreaks of rain during the afternoon, perhaps turning wintry on the hills. Rain is likely to become more persistent during the evening. Feeling colder. Maximum temperature 4 °C.

Tonight: Cloudy with further showers or longer spells of rain, heavy at times. The rain perhaps turning wintry on the hills. Winds will be freshening later in the night. Cold. Minimum temperature 2 °C.

Friday: Further showers or longer spells of rain, heavy at times, during Friday. Rain turning to snow on the hills, especially early in the day. Windy and feeling rather cold. Maximum temperature 6 °C.

Snow has been forecast to hit the UK through December - but it has already fallen in North Yorkshire. Photo: Thomas Beresford

What about the UK forecast?

The Met Office has issued a snow & ice warning for parts of Scotland valid from 1800 this evening until 1200 on Thursday, along with an ice warning for Northern Ireland.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Dan Suri said: “It’ll certainly feel more wintry this week, with colder weather bringing a risk of frost, ice and wintry showers.

"The risk of snow accumulating is largely confined to the northern half of the UK - mainly over higher ground in Scotland, Wales and northern England.

The scene at Craven as the snow fell

“By Thursday morning parts of northwest Scotland could see 2cm of snow accumulations to low levels, with 2-5cm above 200m and up to 10cm gathering over the highest routes, leading to some travel disruption.”

The Met Office outlook for Friday (4 Dec) to Sunday (6 Dec) says it will be “Very unsettled; generally cloudy, rather cold and windy, with showers or longer spells of rain. Snow expected over hills and perhaps to lower levels at times, mainly in the north.”

Steve Ramsdale, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Although we’re going to see a few days with colder conditions, we shouldn’t be surprised that the start of winter brings a brief spell of wintry weather.

“Some parts of the UK, especially northern hills, may see snow, but for many this will only be short lived.”

However, the Met Office adds, “There is also the chance of some snow to lower levels in places later in the week though away from hills it is currently uncertain exactly where snow will fall.

“In the clear periods between bands of wintry showers, frosts are likely and these could be sharp or even severe in prolonged clear conditions in north-western parts of the UK.