West Yorkshire escapes worst of snowfall

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People in West Yorkshire are being urged to take extra care despite the county escaping the worst of the weather conditions across England.

Up to 5cm (2in) of snow fell in some parts of the county on Friday night with light snow flurries predicted through the weekend.

The fire service urged motorists and walkers to be aware of icy conditions.

After a track inspection on Sunday, Wetherby Racecourse said it had been forced to abandon Tuesday's meeting.

A spokesman said the decision was taken "with the safety of horses and jockeys our foremost concern".

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"The course is currently under a blanket of snow and frozen underneath in places and we do not feel that the current weather, and the forecast over the next 24 hours, will allow any significant improvement," he said.

"We are sorry for any disappointment caused by the race abandonment."

Bradford, Leeds and Kirklees councils said the weather meant sports pitches would be closed all weekend.

Leeds Bradford Airport is open but a spokesperson said the adverse weather had caused disruption to some flights and urged people to contact airlines before arriving there.

Gritting crews have been working through the night to ensure main routes are clear but people are being warned of problems on some minor roads.

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David Newton, from Calderdale Council, said: "We didn't get anywhere near as much snow as we were worried about.

"All the main roads are clear. Some of the side roads are still difficult and we would ask some residents to take care."

Meanwhile, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service said difficult weather conditions posed problems for their crews.

A spokesman said: "When temperatures plummet and snow and ice are on the ground, they traditionally see a marked increase in patients with breathing difficulties, weather-related incidents [such as] slips, trips and falls and road traffic collisions - all of which put additional pressure on their service.

"We have plans in place to help us ensure we can continue to operate in the adverse conditions but [we] ask that the public also make their own plans to ensure they don't need to call us unnecessarily for assistance."

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