Windy weather forecast to continue in Leeds

Stormy conditions cause problems for pedestrians in Leeds on Friday.
Stormy conditions cause problems for pedestrians in Leeds on Friday.
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Commuters in Leeds endured another miserable morning rush-hour yesterday as heavy rain and strong winds pounded the city.

And the wild weather is set to continue over the next few days.

High-sided vehicles were diverted away from the area around the city centre’s Bridgewater Place skyscraper, until yesterday lunchtime, due to safety concerns.

Drivers on the M1 were hit by delays of up to 30 minutes after a multi-vehicle accident closed three lanes of the motorway’s northbound carriageway near Lofthouse.

There were also hold-ups between junctions 25 and 27 of the M62 eastbound and junctions 31 and 32 of the same motorway’s westbound carriageway.

A Met Office severe weather warning was in place for the whole of Yorkshire and Humberside due to high wind speeds of up to 70mph but this was dropped at 4pm yesterday afternoon.

A warning issued last night for snowfall in North Yorkshire will remain in place until noon tomorrow. Experts warned of possible disruption to transport.

The Met Office has also issued a severe wind warning for the whole of Yorkshire and Humberside from 3pm tomorrow, to remain in place until 3pm on Thursday.

Gales of 50-65mph are expected across the region with gusts of up to 75mph likely over hilly ground.

Experts also said there would be ‘squally’ rain and warned that transport and power supplies may be disrupted.

Leeds City Council said yesterday evening that no further closures of roads around Bridgewater Place were planned but it would continue to monitor the situation.

The road closures are needed in stormy conditions as the area around the 32-storey tower can be gripped by a dangerous “wind tunnel” effect.