Snow and freezing temperatures to last all week in Pontefract and Castleford

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SNOW and freezing conditions will continue all week, the Met Office has warned.

Snow began falling last night (Sunday), and up to 10cm has been forecast by the end of the day.

A severe weather warning said temperatures could reach -5C on Tuesday night.

The warning said: “The public should be prepared for the risk of disruption, especially to travel.

“This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.”

A level three cold weather alert has also been issued - which stated that northern and eastern regions are expected to have highest snow accumulations with little thaw of lying snow expected due to the freezing temperatures.

Offenders on Community Payback Orders are on stand-by to clear footpaths and public areas across the county.

Police said they would re-directed from other community-based work to provide a rapid response for communities.

Advice on how to stay safe in cold weather is available on the Department for Health website at www.dh.gov.uk