Leeds & West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire councils combat icy conditions

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Media captionThe car's route takes it along Roundhay Road and through Harehills

Gritting will continue on main roads across West Yorkshire as widespread ice is forecast overnight on untreated routes.

More than 600 schools were closed and flights disrupted after heavy snow falls overnight and on Monday.

The Met Office said an amber weather warning was still in place for parts of the county,

Leeds Bradford Airport is open but adverse weather conditions are causing some disruption to flight schedules.

Travellers are advised to check flights before arriving at the airport.

BBC weather forecaster Paul Hudson said the outbreaks of snow had "fizzled out" and the emphasis was now on icy conditions.

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Image caption An ambulance became stuck in Buttercup Lane in East Ardsley near Wakefield in the early hours of Monday

Extra care

He added the freezing weather would continue all week before warmer weather next weekend.

Leeds City Council said primary routes would be gritted from 05:00 GMT on Tuesday morning and warned drivers to take extra care driving on side roads during Monday evening.

In Bradford the council said pavement gritters would also be out in the city centres from 05:00 GMT alongside a full grit of main routes.

Wakefield Council said its priority on Tuesday morning would be clearing the priority roads that carry 90% of traffic. The council added "we are well prepared".

Kirklees Council will also undertake a full grit at 18:00 GMT to counter falling evening temperatures.

Lane closures were reported on the M62 through West Yorkshire due to snow.

West Yorkshire Metro, the county's public transport provider, said bus services in the county were running but some routes had been suspended.

Metro spokesman Martin Driver said: "While they'll struggle to get round the smaller roads and estates, buses are still running in our cities."

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Image caption Snow covered the pitch at a deserted Headingley cricket ground in Leeds

The BBC's traffic service said West Yorkshire's roads were a lot quieter than normal.

Talking to BBC Radio Leeds a woman called Helen described her commute from Keighley through Brighouse to Elland for work. The journey had taken her around 15 minutes longer than normal due to the conditions.

She said: "All the main roads were clear, there were a few tricky places but if you took it steady it was fine."

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