Calderdale on snow alert

A view of the snow covered hill side Top of Mount Tabor looking down on  Luddenden. Photograph sent in by reader Chris Marsh of Halifax
A view of the snow covered hill side Top of Mount Tabor looking down on Luddenden. Photograph sent in by reader Chris Marsh of Halifax

Storm-hit Calderdale’s spell of extreme weather is set to continue with more snow and strong winds forecast over the next few days.

Temperatures are set to plunge – and gritting crews have been put on alert as forecasters issued a weather warning for today and tomorrow.

Earlier this week the Arctic blast left buses stranded and brought trees down as the district was blanketed in snow.

And it could get worse this weekend as the Met Office’s yellow “be aware” warning predicts more snow, sleet and hail for Calderdale.

Temperatures will plunge to -4C today, -5C on Saturday and Sunday, while they will fall to -6C on Monday.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Ice will be an additional hazard on untreated surfaces.

“The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel.”

Calderdale Council’s Highways department said it was monitoring conditions and would grit “all routes” today if required.

Calderdale Council’s head of Planning and Highways, Geoff Willerton, said: “Our gritting crews are on call 24/7 and in regular contact with the Met Office for weather forecasts so they can take appropriate action.

“We advise people to take extra care when driving and walking on untreated surfaces, and to be prepared for winter.

“We want to assure people that we do all we can to keep essential services running during periods of bad weather, but there may be some unavoidable changes,” he said.

“There are lots of things people can do to prepare for winter – like layering clothing, keeping active, stocking up on non-perishable items, ensuring you have enough medication at home and checking on vulnerable neighbours.”

Pippa Corner, head of Partnerships and Personalisation at Calderdale Council said: “It’s essential that we continue to deliver services to vulnerable people so that they can stay warm and well within their own home during bad weather, and we plan carefully to make sure we are prepared for winter.

“We work closely with our partners - nurses, community and neighbourhood staff, voluntary groups, luncheon clubs and day centres to identify and provide extra support to vulnerable people wherever this is needed.

“Our Out of Hours team provides continuing care during the night, if this is required, and the team uses council vehicles which are designed to cope with wintry conditions.

“This ensures that during bad weather we are able to provide services to vulnerable people, even if they live in remote places or side streets which can become hazardous in poor weather.

“We also ask people to check on their vulnerable neighbours, and offer to do shopping if needed. If anyone is concerned about a vulnerable person they should call us at Gateway to Care on 01422 393000.”

Calderdale saw its first significant snow fall of the year on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, with driving conditions hazardous in some higher areas.

School children faced disruption after their bus was stuck in Heptonstall, whilst the Halifax 592 service missed Mount Lane for several hours and instead operated via Todmorden Road because of ice.

And on Wednesday night the district was battered by strong winds, leading to trees falling and slates being ripped off roofs.