Gritters out for first time this season after snow in parts of Yorkshire

Gritters in Leeds have been out for the first time this season as road temperatures fell towards freezing.
Stock photo of a gritter for illustrative purposes only.Stock photo of a gritter for illustrative purposes only.
Stock photo of a gritter for illustrative purposes only.

Leeds City Council said that staff would be gritting the streets from 4.30am.

The primary routes and cycle route were the first to be treated.

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A council spokesperson said: "Our first gritting update of the season: Winter has started.

"A cold, clear night, with road temperatures falling to freezing towards dawn.

"Primary routes and cycle routes to be treated at 4:30am."

It comes after a photographer captured the first snowfall of the year up in the Yorkshire Dales.

Photographer Thomas Beresford took the footage on Wold Fell near Hawes on Tuesday, November 3.

He tweeted: "It is SNOWING in the Yorkshire Dales!"

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Snow was not expected in the area according to Met Office forecasts.

However, the Met Office forecast warned of 'chill conditions'.

The forecast said: "Wind significantly lowers the ‘feels-like’ temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds significantly adding to the chilling effect.

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"Strong winds can result in a severe and debilitating wind chill many degrees below the actual temperature.

"This effect will be enhanced in rain or wet snow.

"Without protection, prolonged exposure could result in frost nip or frostbite on exposed parts of the body and/or hypothermia."

The Met Office forecast:

Most places will become dry from Tuesday evening and overnight with clear spells and little cloud, mainly over western hills.

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It will be a chilly night with light winds, which will lead to a slight frost forming in sheltered rural parts.

The minimum temperature will 0 °C

On Wednesday, it will be dry across the region with some good spells of sunshine and light winds.

Cloud will increase overnight, but staying mainly dry.

The maximum temperature will be 11 °C.

The outlook from Thursday onward will be generally dry and settled, but often cloudy with limited autumnal sunshine.

Likely sunnier and less cold on Saturday.

Chilly nights are expected with local frosts and patchy mist or fog.

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Looking ahead from Sunday, November 8 the Met Office said: "Dry and settled weather continues into the weekend for most, although some rain is likely to push into southern parts by Sunday.

"There will be a good deal of cloud, but also some brighter interludes, across the whole of the UK, but mainly across the east.

"Next week will be a mixture of showery rain and dry interludes, with the rain centred over western regions, and it will become very mild.

"By mid-November occasional short lived unsettled spells remain possible, however the emphasis remains on a good deal of dry weather.

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"Continuing rather mild with little in the way of overnight frost, with temperatures likely to at or above average for this time of year."

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