Will it snow again in Leeds this week? Full Met Office forecast as yellow warning in place

Leeds has escaped the worst of Storm Darcy, which has wreaked havoc on parts of the UK.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 6:00 am

The storm has brought heavy snowfall and gale force winds to parts of England.

Easterly winds from the Ukraine and Black Sea arrived on Sunday, bringing an intense chill - but the air is not quite as bitingly cold as it was with the Beast from the East in 2018, the Met Office said.

Light and heavy snow showers have hit Leeds over the last few days, but roads have remained largely clear.

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Snow in Hyde Park, Leeds (Photo: SWNS)

A snow warning remains in place until 11.59pm today as the Met Office warns that more flurries are on the way tonight.

Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces are possible, forecasters warn, and there is the risk of icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

Here is the full Met Office forecast for Leeds:

Wednesday -

Snow showers continuing through Wednesday, but likely to turn lighter and less frequent later, with some bright or sunny spells. Feeling very cold, but less windy than of late. Maximum temperature 1C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday -

Drier and brighter during Thursday with light winds, Strong south-easterly winds developing for Friday and Saturday with a chance of snow showers. Staying very cold.

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, trying 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.