Weather hits rush hour for Halifax direction commuters, sleet coats upper valley roads amid ‘take care’ warning to drivers

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DRIVERS faced a tricky commute this morning as snow on higher ground and sleet caused problems through rush hour.

In particular, drivers negotiating journeys to and through the Halifax areas faced delays and hold-ups and the M62 motorway was at a standstill for a while.

In the upper Calder Valley driving conditions were tricky with a layer of sleet on the road and police were urging drivers to be cautious.

The closer valley residents live or work to Halifax the worse conditions were this morning.

Long queues built up on the main Bradford Road between Shelf and Stump Cross after a lorry jackknifed in Northowram around 6.50am.

The M62 came to a standstill earlier but is now understood to be moving.

The A629 Halifax Road in Denholme closed between the B6145 Thornton Road junction and the Whitehill Road junction because of snow, causing problems for commuters. Traffic was queuing on the A58 Godley Road in both directions in Halifax at the Godley Branch Road junction because of snow.

There is queueing 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.

Traffic is very slow on A6036 Bradford Road eastbound in Halifax between the A58 Leeds Road junction and the B6147 Cooper Lane junction because of snow. Travel time is 25 minutes.

Police are asking drivers not to go out unless necessary in areas where the conditions are worse, to slow down and be aware it will take longer than normal to stop.

On the buses, Centrebus say the 36 and 553 and 554 arenot operating and the 528 is only operating as far as Ripponden.

In the Todmorden and Hebden Bridge areas, the early morning sleet was expected to turn to rain by 10am and towards Halifax heavy snow is expected to turn lighter by mid-morning before the weather tuerns finer by early afternoon.