‘Winter hasn’t done with us yet’

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COMMUTERS were faced with major disruptions yesterday as the snow forced many roads to close.

Several inches of snow fell overnight and many commuters faced a slippery journey into work. It was a stark contrast to weather just seven days ago when people were sat in the parks baking in the sun.

Long tailbacks developed on the M62. Traffic was brought to a standstill along the A58 Leeds Road in Hipperholme and towards Stump Cross after a lorry jackknifed in Northowram at around 6.50am.

There was queuing 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.

Metro reported that the 537 was not running from Outlane and was starting in Elland and not serving Stainland and the 384/385 was delayed because of a bus stuck at Ainley Top on its way to Brighouse.

The 548 and 570 which travel through Hipperholme were delayed for an hour due to stationary traffic and the 209, 219 and 229 were not serving Hartshead.

The 571 which covers Halifax, Beacon Hill, Southowram, Brighouse, Hipperholme, Shelf and Bradford was only operating as far as Southowram.

Lower Edge Road from Elland into Rastrick was closed and it is believed cars were struggling at Cowcliffe near to Fixby. The bus through Cowcliffe was also cancelled due to the weather conditions.

Last night’s Brighouse Town’s reserve team game v Kirkburton was cancelled.

The trains were running as normal.

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.

There were no collections of waste or recycling in Calderdale yesterday.

Collections of the refuse will take place on Saturday and the recycling will take place the following week on the normal day.

The main roads throughout Brighouse were clear and some of the minor roads were passable with care due to the slush.