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COLD OUTSIDE ... AND IT'S HERE TO STAY; Gritting teams on road as snow hits.

Byline: NEIL ATKINSON Head of News neil.atkinson@examiner.co.uk

THE first real blast of winter has hit Huddersfield.

And with snow and ice causing problems, the bad news was - it is going to stick around.

Temperatures are expected to stay on or below freezing well into the next week.

And more snow is forecast for today and tomorrow, leaving many areas of the town blanketed under several inches.

The snow started falling yesterday afternoon and was expected to continue throughout most of the night and this morning, settling in many areas.

Kirklees Council sent out its entire 32-strong fleet of gritting machines out for several hours yesterday afternoon and had patrols on the roads throughout the night.

Senior Streetscene officer Mark Dobson said: "The forecasts we had showed the snow was due to hit in the afternoon, having stalled on the western side of the country in the morning.

"We sent out all the gritters from 2pm to cover the entire priority route network and had teams on patrol throughout the night.

"It was okay while traffic was on the roads as that helped stopped snow from settling but we anticipate problems during the night when there is little or no traffic, and the salt could be washed away".

Salendine Nook weather expert Paul Stevens said another major worry was the cold.

Yesterday was the coldest day of the week, with the mercury failing to get above minus 1.8 deg.

"The low pressure bringing the snow moved slowly up the west of the country and across from Ireland but came in late in the afternoon.

"It was expected it would continue to bring snow throughout Friday night and Saturday morning and there is a very good chance of snow showers throughout today and again tomorrow.

"I fully expect that by the end of the weekend, most areas will get between 2cm and 5cm, with up to 10cm on the higher ground and perhaps more up on the moors.

"And it will stay very cold over the entire weekend and well into next week".

The wintry blast played havoc with local sport, with amateur football and rugby games off.

AFC Emley's big FA Vase tie was cancelled as was Brighouse Town's trip to Newport in the Isle of Wight in the same competition.

. ? A car was left hanging over a 10ft drop after it skidded off a steep car park. A woman motorist and her child managed to get out of the car after it became perched on a wall over a garden at Top Row, Newsome, at 4pm yesterday. Huddersfield Firefighters helped secure the vehicle until a tow truck could pull it clear.

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STAYING COLD: Snow settles on Lindley Moor (JH170113Ksnow-06)

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: An unusually quiet M62 as snow falls at Outlane last night (AC180113Bsnow-05)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 19, 2013
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