Leeds news LIVE: Warning as snow begins to settle on M62 in West Yorkshire

Police are urging drivers to be extra careful when on West Yorkshire motorways as snow begins to settle.

By Rebecca Marano
Friday, 4th December 2020, 7:05 am
Updated Friday, 4th December 2020, 8:25 am

Highways England officers were out salting and snow ploughing the motorways in the early hours. Keep following our blog for the latest updates.

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Snow on the M62 near Junction 22. Photo by West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit.

Leeds news LIVE: Friday, December 4

Last updated: Friday, 04 December, 2020, 09:43

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Snow in Leeds city centre

Snow in Leeds city centre
Snow in Cookridge, Leeds.
Snow in Cookridge, Leeds.

First signs of snow spotted in Alwoodley

The first signs of snow have been spotted in the north Leeds suburb of Alwoodley.

Snow in Alwoodley

Will it snow in Leeds?

Although snow has been seen in Bradford and Huddersfield, there are no reports of any snowfall in Leeds yet today.

According to the Met Office, Leeds will see very heavy rain from 8am until abou4 2pm when it begins to ease into light rain.

It will soon pick back up again becoming heavy rain again by 8pm.

Snow is expected in hilly areas.

The Met Office said: "A cold and cloudy day. Rain and snow, mainly on hills, spreading westwards through the morning. Rain turning showery into the afternoon with low cloud becoming more extensive as winds ease. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

"Cloudy with spells of rain and hill snow throughout the night. Turning drier but breezier in the east through the early hours. Ice or frost possible where winds stay light. Minimum temperature -2 °C.

“Saturday - Mainly bright, but with scattered showers of rain and isolated hill snow through much of the day, winds easing. Drier overnight with some icy patches likely. Maximum temperature 6 °C.”

More snow expected across the North with temperatures as low as -10C

Parts of the north will continue to see “significant snow” over the next 24 hours and could experience the lowest overnight temperatures of the year, the Met Office has said.

It warned that icy temperatures could cause showery rain to fall as sleet or snow in parts of Wales and southern England, such as Wiltshire and Hampshire.

A number of yellow warnings for ice and snow were in place overnight across large areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland and stretch down into North Yorkshire.

Alex Burkill, meteorologist at the Met Office, said the “most significant snow” was likely to fall in England, in Cumbria and the Pennines – where areas above 400m could see up to 10cm.

“That’s a significant amount of snow especially this early in December,” he said.

“The snowiest months are usually a bit later into winter, January and February and also it’s very early in December at the moment.”

Mr Burkill added that the conditions could “quite easily make it the coldest night of the year so far”.

Police urge drivers on snowy M62 to take extra care

Traffic police are urging drivers using the M62 to take extra care in the snowy conditions

Photos show snow settling across Yorkshire Dales:

These stunning photographs show the snow in the Dales:

Snow in North Yorkshire

News of snow settling in West Yorkshire is unsurprising after residents in North Yorkshire reported heavy snow yesterday.

Resident Thomas Beresford shared some images from Newby Head Pass, which connects the county with Cumbria. The area saw three inches of snow by Thursday morning.

The first snow has fallen in Yorkshire this morning. Photos: Thomas Beresford
The scene at Fleet Moss. Photos: Thomas Beresford

First picture of snow on the M62 in West Yorkshire:

Snow on the M62 at Junction 22 near Huddersfield. Photo: West Yorkshire Police.
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