UPDATED: Snow causes chaos for commuters - latest traffic and snow news

Bradford Road, Northowram, covered in snow
Bradford Road, Northowram, covered in snow

ROADS came to a standstill as snow covered the district today causing chaos for commuters.

Several inches fell overnight across Calderdale after weather warnings of snow sweeping down from the north.

Routes in higher areas were treacherous this morning and in Halifax town centre many drivers have been facing a slippy journey into work.

A wagon is reported to have jack-knifed on Shay Lane in Ovenden, Halifax.

The M62 came to a standstill earlier but is now understood to be moving.

The A629 Halifax Road in Denholme closed between the B6145 Thornton Road junction and the Whitehill Road junction because of snow.

There is queueing traffic on A58 Godley Road in both directions in Halifax at the Godley Branch Road junction because of snow.

There is queueing traffic and long delays on A641 Huddersfield Road in both directions in Wyke between Hellfire Crossroads and the A6036 Halifax Road junction because of snow.

Traffic is very slow on A6036 Bradford Road eastbound in Halifax between the A58 Leeds Road junction and the B6147 Cooper Lane junction because of snow. Travel time is 25 minutes.

A car has also crashed into a ditch in Blackstone Edge. The accident was reported at 7.30am.

Police are asking drivers not to go out unless necessary, to slow down and be aware it will take longer than normal to stop.

On the buses, Centrebus say the 36 and 553 and 554 arenot operating and the 528 is only operating as far as Ripponden.

Metro are reporting that the 537 is not running from Outlane and starting in Elland and not serving Stainland.

Also the 539 is not serving Stainland, the 557 is not serving Norland and the 901 is serving main roads only.

The 384/385 is delayed because of a bus stuck at Ainley Top on its way to Brighouse. A lorry is blocking the road.

The 508, 548 and 549 are operating up to one hour late due to stationary traffic, as are the 510, 511, 512 and the 513, which are running up to one hour late and some buses stuck in Mixenden.

The 521, 522 and 523 running via Keighley Road to Cousin Lane and then returning via Cousin Lane and Ovenden Way to the town centre.

The 537 are not running from Outlane and starting in Elland and not serving Stainland.

The 539 is terminating at Beechwood Road.

The 542 and the 546 are terminating at the top of Warley Road.

The 570 and the 571 are delayed up to one hour.

The 576 is experiencing severe delays due to drifting snow at Swailesmoor Road

National Rail are reporting no delays.

Long queues built up on the main Bradford Road between Shelf and Stump Cross after a lorry jackknifed in Northowram around 6.50am.

The disruption caused was far reaching.

Calderdale Magistrates Court and others across West Yorkshire were badly affected with lawyers and defendants held-up by the conditions.

A Grand Central train was also held up in Bradford due to a staff member stuck in traffic.

The Council says there will be no waste collections today because of the snow but the situation will be reassessed later in the day.

A Calderdale Council spokeswoman said highways staff were patrolling from the middle of Tuesday afternoon following warnings from the Met office of a belt of snow sweeping in from the North.

“The entire fleet began gritting all the precautionary routes before the snow started falling and will continue to treat the roads until it stops,” she said.

Unlike last winter, when the council ran out of grit, this year has been mild and grit stocks are at record levels.

Most schools are closed for the Easter holidays but Trinity Academy, Holmfield, and St Catherine’s Catholic High School, Holmfield, were due to be open but have closed because of the snow.