Update: Motorists urged to drive carefully

Snow on Moor End Road, Mount Tabor.
Snow on Moor End Road, Mount Tabor.
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Calderdale residents awoke today to find the area had escaped the worst of the snowfall.

Gritters were busy overnight and there are no problems reported on major roads.

Minor routes are passable but police have warned drivers to be wary of black ice.

Road traffic PC Cameron Buchan said: “Motorists should use common sense and don’t drive too fast.”

He was not aware of problems with black ice but said patches could develop.

Today’s forecast is for a dull and cloudy day with more light snow occasionally.

Cold, easterly winds will persist throughout the day.

Tonight, further sleet or snow in places is expected but should die out later.

Widespread ice is expected as temperatures fall below freezing.

Last night’s snowfall caused disruption around the UK with Heathrow Airport cancelling many flights and an early Saturday morning flight from Leeds-Bradford into Heathrow was cancelled.

The heaviest snowfall was 26cm (10in) in Sennybridge, in Powys, while there was 16cm in Filton, near Bristol, 12cm in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, and 10cm in Nottingham.

The AA reported receiving about 900 calls an hour during the worst of yesterday’s disruption.

And, fire chiefs have asked people using electric heaters during the freezing conditions to make sure the appliances are in working order before using them.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service said emergency vehicles should only be called out for urgent cases.

Deputy director of operations David Williams said: “I would ask the public only to use our services in a genuine emergency when it is obvious that someone has a life-threatening illness or injury.”