This is when the snow will get heavier in Leeds today as Storm Darcy continues - forecast in full
It is icy and frosty out in Leeds this morning (Wednesday) and snow showers are set to get heavier throughout the day.
There is more snow forecast for Leeds today as it is set to fall more as the day progresses.
The Met Office has said it will snow in the middle of the day at around 12:00pm and 1:00pm, and then again as we head into the evening at 8:00pm.
It is already very icy and frosty in areas in the North of the city this morning, and the Met Office has warned that there could be some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, with icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.
Temperatures are set to plummet below freezing throughout the day and even more so into the evening.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow which is in place across Leeds and in other parts of Yorkshire until 11:59pm tonight.
It has said that some roads and railways are likely to be affected by the weather with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.
There is a small chance of longer travel delays with some stranded vehicles and passengers.
The Met Office has also issued a warning that there is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.
What is the Met Office forecast for Leeds and Yorkshire and the Humber?
Wednesday: Another very cold day with frequent snow showers leading to further accumulations in places. Remaining breezy at the coast although winds will become much lighter than recently. Ice and frost will be widespread with temperatures remaining below freezing for some. Maximum temperature 2 °C.
Wednesday night: Snow showers will steadily ease through the evening with most places becoming dry with clear skies after midnight. As winds fall light temperatures will plummet bringing a severe frost. Minimum temperature -7 °C.
Thursday: Remaining very cold with plenty of crisp winter sunshine and residual lying snow on the ground. The odd snow shower may affect coastal areas during the afternoon. Maximum temperature 3 °C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday: Likely remaining cold throughout with strengthening southerly winds. Mainly dry and sunny on Friday and Saturday. Possibly turning cloudier on Sunday with a risk of snow.
How to drive safely in snow
- Slow down
Snow, ice and water on the road reduce grip and, coupled with poor visibility in bad weather, they mean it’s essential that you cut your speed.
Stopping distances can be 10 times greater in snow and ice so slowing down gives you more time to react to other traffic or hazards on the road ahead.
However, be careful that you don’t drive so slowly that you risk losing momentum. On snow-covered roads and especially on hills this could see you stuck and struggling to get moving again.
- Keep it smooth
As well as keeping your speed down you need to keep your inputs smooth. Sharp acceleration, braking or steering are more likely to cause your car to lose grip, leaving you with no control.
Where you can, try to use engine braking to slow down, that way you’re less likely to skid.
- Leave more space
With stopping distances seriously increased by slippy conditions it’s vital you leave more space between your car and the vehicle in front.
It’s also important to try and anticipate what other drivers are doing - being properly aware could save you from a crash or being stranded as others grind to a halt. It also means you're less likely to have to brake or steer suddenly.
- Use a high gear
If your car is struggling to find grip, especially when pulling away, try selecting a higher gear. This should reduce the amount of wheelspin and help you get moving.
- Stay seen
With shorter days and the prospect of rain, fog or snow making visibility worse, it's important to make sure you can see and be seen. Check all your lights work and are clear of snow or ice before setting off.
Don't wait until it's pitch black to use your headlights and don't just rely on running lights when conditions deteriorate. If it's snowing heavily, dipped beams may actually work better than full beams.