Icy water and floods within West Yorkshire lead to warnings from region's fire chiefs
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Hazel Reeve, Met Office advisor, said the wet cold weather could lead to dangerous conditions for drivers and cyclists.
“The cold but settled weather looks likely to be with us the next few days with overnight temperatures falling below freezing and only rising to around five celsius at best during the day,” she said.
“Given the wet weather last week, any residual water will readily refreeze late afternoon onwards but remain throughout the day in sheltered parts across Yorkshire and Humber, especially where water has seeped off the fields and inclines leading to hazardous conditions for unsuspecting motorists and cyclists in particular.”
He said: “We see time and again that getting too close to water at this time of year can have horrific consequences. Not only are rivers full and fast flowing, but they are freezing cold and the banks are slippery and dangerous.
“At the weekend we saw how a woman got into trouble in the River Calder after she went close to the water to rescue her dog. Not only did she slip into the water, but a friend who hoped to help her ended up in the water as well.
“It is easy to underestimate how dangerous being close to rivers, lakes and canals can be, but the water is so cold that it the shock of it can really take your breath away and make your muscles to cramp. This means it’s very difficult for you to stay afloat. Also, if water does freeze over we are urging people not to try and walk on it, under any circumstances.”