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Snow - live updates for Friday January 25
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- Heavy snow forecast for the late afternoon of Friday January 25
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Forecasters are predicting a snowfall of up to 10 centimetres.
Yellow weather warnings for both snow and ice were issued by the Met Office today, and are expected to be in force until at least 4am tomorrow.
Forecasters warned the snowfall could be 4 to 8cm thick, or up to 10cm over hilly areas.
A Met Office spokesman said the weather could cause disruption, particularly to travel.
Travel authority West Yorkshire Metro was last night reporting disruption to the Transdev 500 service from Keighley to Hebden Bridge, which was terminating at Oxenhope.
Drivers were reporting “horrendous” conditions on the roads as the snow started to fall.
Sara Khan said she was trying to get from Manningham Lane through the city centre at about 9.30pm but Shipley Airedale Road and Barkerend Road were in an awful state.
She said: “It’s honestly horrendous. It’s absolutely chock-a-block from both sides.”
Heavy snow began falling at around 9.30pm bringing chaos to the roads as drivers struggled to control vehicles on treacherous surfaces.
5:37pm Fri 25 Jan 13
Very light snow Halifax Road BD6 2NA.
Aaaand here comes the snow, a little later than advertised. Take care if you're on the road.
No sign of the threatened heavy snow, so as of 16.29 the Life Drawing will be going ahead tonight.— @Hive_Bradford 25 January 2013
If you're looking for inspiration for what to do with all the snow you wake up to tomorrow (if the forecast is right!) then check out this fantastic snowman and snowdog made by two-year-old Theo Taylor and Suzanne and Luke Awde, of Bradford:
We are increasing our resources this weekend to cope with the expected increase in bursts on our network when temperatures begin to rise— @Yorkshirewater 25 January 2013
If you didn't already know, Bradford City's home game against Wycombe tomorrow has been postponed after a morning pitch inspection.
A heartwarming tail...
A dog was rescued after falling through ice on Yeadon Tarn.
The shivering border collie was clinging to the edge of a sheet of ice when firefighters got to him just before 7pm on Thursday.
Crews from Rawdon fire station’s Green Watch were called to the scene just after 6.30pm. They borrowed a boat and rowed out to get the dog, which was called Smithy.
Watch commander Steven Houldsworth said: “It was very cold and the dog was not making much effort to rescue itself because it was tired.
“It had walked out on the ice and then gone through it. The owner considered going to rescue it but he called us and we talked him out of it.”
He added: “There is no such thing as safe ice. Do not let dogs off leads near frozen ponds and lakes as thin ice is a danger to animals and their potential rescuers.”
The owners thanked the firefighters via West Yorkshire fire service’s website and Watch Commander Houldsworth said: “We want to say thank you for the compliment."
Bradford Council says it is ready and that roads will be gritted in advance.
Councillor Andrew Thornton (Lab, Royds), executive member for environment and sport, said: “The Council has its normal fleet of gritters ready to go and these will be available overnight and throughout the weekend.
"The council will salt all of the normal routes in advance of the snow.”
Bradford is set to be hit by heavy snowfall today, warned the Met Office, with 15 centimetres predicted for some of the district.
An amber alert - the second highest bad weather warning - is in place for the West Yorkshire region.
Snow is expected to start falling in Bradford anytime now, and is forecast to get heavier at 6pm.