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Emmerdale filming has been cancelled after the soap’s set in Leeds was hit by heavy snow from Storm Larissa.

A representative for the soap confirmed to MailOnline that work had been delayed for the day due to issues with ‘road accessibility.’

They said: ‘Due to the weather and road accessibility all Emmerdale filming units have been cancelled today.’

Actor Nick Miles, who plays Jimmy King, also tweeted: ‘Filming on Emmerdale cancelled today due to the snow. Look out Leeds. We’re all going sledging.’

Emmerdale’s set was first hit by the snowy weather on Thursday, but the cast continued with filming their scenes, which will air in May.

On hold! Emmerdale filming has been cancelled after the soap's set in Leeds was hit by heavy snow from Storm Larissa

On hold! Emmerdale filming has been cancelled after the soap’s set in Leeds was hit by heavy snow from Storm Larissa

It's off! A representative for the soap confirmed to MailOnline that work had been delayed for the day due to issues with 'road accessibility'

It’s off! A representative for the soap confirmed to MailOnline that work had been delayed for the day due to issues with ‘road accessibility’

Going for a ride? Actor Nick Miles, who plays Jimmy King, also tweeted: 'Filming on Emmerdale cancelled today due to the snow. Look out Leeds. We're all going sledging'

Going for a ride? Actor Nick Miles, who plays Jimmy King, also tweeted: ‘Filming on Emmerdale cancelled today due to the snow. Look out Leeds. We’re all going sledging’

Stars Rosie Bentham, who plays Gabby Thomas, and Lewis Cope, who plays Nicky, also took to Instagram to share snaps of Emmerdale’s village set during the blizzard.

The exterior scenes of Emmerdale were filmed at Esholt for 22 years but by 1998 residents had grown tired of the crew’s presence and the tourists the soap was attracting.

Bosses then set up a replica of Esholt on the outskirts of Leeds for external filming, and internal scenes are filmed at a studio in the city.

Storm Larisa has brought travel chaos to Britain after it battered the nation with 50mph gales and blizzards – with up to 16in of snow set to fall. 

The Met Office still has a number of warnings in place for snow and ice, including two amber warnings covering northern England and the Midlands until midday and Wales until 9am. 

Four yellow warnings for snow also cover much of the rest of the nation, with the exception of south-east England and western Scotland. 

There was also an official record of 14cm (5.5in) at Bingley in West Yorkshire but a Met Office spokesman said that anecdotally they have heard of observations higher than this in Leeds and Sheffield. 

Traffic was brought to a standstill on long stretches of the road running through Yorkshire and Greater Manchester in the early hours of this morning, with some drivers said to have abandoned their cars.

A bit nippy? Stars Rosie Bentham, who plays Gabby Thomas, and Lewis Cope, who plays Nicky, also took to Instagram to share snaps of Emmerdale's village set during the blizzard

A bit nippy? Stars Rosie Bentham, who plays Gabby Thomas, and Lewis Cope, who plays Nicky, also took to Instagram to share snaps of Emmerdale’s village set during the blizzard

In Yorkshire, some 2,000 people were left without power, with a blackout affecting the South Yorkshire area, Northern Powergrid reported.

Motorists in Wales are being asked not to travel by police amid mounting safety concerns. And in Northern Ireland, 137 schools have been shut due to the weather.

The snow also forced East Midlands Airport, near Castle Donington in Leicestershire, to temporarily shut its runway – although it has since reopened.

And the majority of flights departing Liverpool John Lennon Airport were delayed this morning.

Flights were also suspended at Birmingham Airport for around an hour to clear snow from the runway.

Derbyshire Constabulary urged drivers not to travel in the Peak District ‘unless absolutely necessary’ as most roads in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales areas were ‘impassable’.

The weather is expected to clear by the end of Friday, before then being replaced by another low pressure system, leading to a further yellow snow and ice warning for much of northern England and Scotland from 3pm tomorrow to 6am on Sunday. 

National Highways issued a ‘severe weather alert’ for snow covering the North East, North West and Midlands regions until 8am on Friday, where motorists have been warned not to drive unless their journey is essential.

The Met Office amber snow alert for England lasts until noon today and covers major cities including Liverpool, Sheffield, Bradford and Leeds.

Over Wales, an amber snow and ice warning is in place from noon until 9am today, stretching from the north coast to Radnorshire.

Another amber snow and ice warning in Northern Ireland covers Belfast and areas south of the city from 3pm Thursday until 4am Friday.

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