As it happened – Snow in York and North Yorkshire, 2 Febuary 2021

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Updates as snow and ice causes disruption in North Yorkshire. Got info? Let us know on Twitter, or at [email protected]

Key updates

Here are the roads closed by snow in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire County Council has released a list of roads closed due to snow:

  • Tan Hill
  • The Stang
  • Fleet Moss
  • Buttertubs
  • Askrigg East Moor
  • Askrigg West Moor

Here is a list of all the current emergency road and bridge closures in the county, and the roads passable with care.

A19 between Chapel Haddlesey crossroads and Wand Lane, Eggboroughclosed
Footpath between St James Green and The Marage in Thirskclosed
Tan Hillclosed due to snow
The Stangclosed due to snow
Fleet Mossclosed due to snow
Buttertubsclosed due to snow
Askrigg East Moorclosed due to snow
Askrigg  West Moorclosed due to snow
Riggs Road, Maltonclosed
Howsham Bridgeclosed
Stamford Bridge to Buttercrambeclosed
Deighton Laneclosed
Castlegate and County Bridge in Maltonclosed
Church Street in Norton is open as far as the petrol station, but there is no through accesspartial closure
Winterburn Lane, Winterburn, Abbey Hill Junctionclosed
B1223 The Fleet, Rytherclosed
B1222, Cawood Bridge Cawood straight ,Kelfield Ingsclosed
Marsh Lane, Cawood Ings to Wistowclosed
B1222, Stillingfleet to Moreby Hall(County boundary), no through route to York as also flooded at Naburnclosed
C316, Lordship Lane, Wistowclosed
C230 Butterwick to Brawbyclosed
Wand Lane, Eggboroughclosed
C53 from Hunton to Red House Tank Roadclosed
Bylands Abbeypassable with care
A684 Stokesley Road Long Lane, Wintonpassable with care
Blakely Lanepassable with care
Storiths Lane, Skipton, 100m South Laund House (Oak)passable with care
B1222 – part open Kelfield through to Stillingfleetpassable with care
Lunn Lane, Kellingtonpassable with care
Low Road / Lunn Lane, Kellingtonpassable with care
The B6265 at Grassington this afternoon. Photograph: North Yorkshire County Council webcam

Volunteers help clear snow from York Vaccination Centre

Volunteers have been praised for their work to clear the snow from the Askham Bar Covid-19 vaccination centre in York.

The teams have ensured the centre remains operation today.

Centres in Ripon and Harrogate have had to close because of the bad weather.

Security staff from Eboracum spelled out the perfect message too, creating ‘NHS’ in the snow.

Photograph: Nimbuscare on Twitter

‘Don’t head out to go sledging, it breaks Covid rules’ warn police

It’s been snowing, school’s out for most – and so thoughts turn to sledging.

But there is a stark message from police today: Don’t head out to sledging spots, it’s against the rules.

The Selby Neighbourhood Policing Team posted this on Facebook: “We know the sight of the lovely snow is really attractive but please do not head to locations to go sledging!

“We have already had several families attend Brayton Barff which in turn has created a gathering in breach of Covid regulations and travelling to this location for this purpose is a non essential journey.

“We promise we are not killjoys but it’s really important you follow the guidance and stay home. What better day to stay warm and toasty inside!”

Not everyone was impressed by the instruction. “I’m all for following the rules, but surely a daily walk, and taking a sled to keep kids happy that can’t do anything else, really isn’t all that bad… supermarkets are bloody worse!” said one mum.

But others understood – one said: “The hospitals don’t need any further admissions with broken bones either.”

File pic: Immo Wegmann / Unsplash

Yellow warning of rain for York and North Yorkshire

Well, here’s some cheery news. The snow has actually stopped in York – but heavy rain is forecast.

There’s a yellow warning for rain issued by the Met Office between 6pm today and midday on Thursday.

“Heavy rain, with some snow melt at first, probably leading to some flooding and travel disruption,” is the warning, which covers both York and North Yorkshire.

It comes as the River Ouse in York is well below flood levels at 1.58m. But it is set to start slowly climbing tomorrow (Wednesday).

Here’s the weather forecast for the York.

York weather

Full forecast »

All the warnings. Source: Met Office

Otley Road in Harrogate now impassable

This just in from North Yorkshire Police: “Otley Road in Harrogate at Harlow Hill is currently impassable due to snow.

“Motorists are urged to avoid the area until further notice. Listen to local radio for the latest traffic and travel information.”

Three inches of snow in Harrogate

Lots of disruption on Northern Rail

There are ‘cancellations to services on all routes’, reports rail operator Northern.

It says: “Due to severe weather conditions across the network the followiing routes are affected:

  • Leeds – Manchester Victoria/Chester/Blackpool North
  • Due to multiple trees on the line in the Sowerby Bridge area services are unable to operate in both directions. A limited number of road replacement vehicles have been requested to operate between Halifax and Rochdale, this is subject to road conditions being safe enough to operate.”

There’s a lot more on their live update page here.

Bus services disrupted

Several routes have been closed or suspended this morning. But First York reports everything is going to plan…

North Yorkshire household waste centres closed

52 schools closed so far in North Yorkshire

Here are the schools closed in North Yorkshire today:

Rossett Acre Primary School
Admiral Long Primary School
All Saints, Kirkby Overblow and North Rigton Schools
Austwick CE VA Primary School and Nursery
Bilton Grange Primary School
Birstwith CE Primary School
Brooklands Special School
Carnagill Primary School
Coppice Valley Primary School
Dacre Braithwaite Primary School
Darley and Summerbridge Primary Schools
Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton
Forest Moor School
Fountains Earth CE Primary School
Gillamoor Primary School
Goathland Primary School
Goldsborough and Sicklinghall Primary Schools
Grassington Primary School
Green Hammerton CE Primary School
Grewelthorpe and Fountains CE Primary Schools
Harrogate St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Hipswell C of E Primary School
Kirkby Malzeard C of E School and St Nicholas C of E School West Tanfield
Long Marston CE Primary
Lothersdale Primary School
Markington Primary School
Melsonby Primary School
Michael Syddall CE Primary School
Middleham VA CE Primary School
Mowbray School, Bedale
Oatlands Junior School
Reeth and Gunnerside Schools
Riverside School, Tadcaster
Sherburn High School
Sherburn Hungate Primary School
Skipton Parish Church Primary School
South Craven School
Spofforth and Follifoot Primary Schools
St Peter’s CE Primary School, Harrogate
Staveley CP School
Sutton in Craven CP School
Tadcaster Grammar School
The Dales Special School
The Holy Family Catholic High School, Carlton
The Skipton Academy
Trinity Academy Middleton Tyas
Trinity Academy Richmond
Upper Wharfedale School
Western Primary School
Willow Tree Primary School
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Ravensworth, East Cowton and Kirkby Fleetham Schools

York Vaccination Centre open as usual

If you have an appointment at the York Vaccination Centre today, don’t worry it’s still open.

This from the operators, Nimbuscare: “The site is open today for Covid vaccinations. Please travel safely.

“Our car park and site area have been made safe and are clear of snow. The nearby roads are also clear.

“Please follow the latest travel advice for your area. Please wear suitable footwear for walking on wet ground and wrap up warm.

“We have plenty of volunteers on site to help you if you need support to make your way to the vaccination area.

“Please do not come early for your vaccination – try to arrive just before your appointment time.

“If you feel you cannot travel today due to the weather in your area, please do not worry. You will not be forgotten and you will receive another invitation to come for your vaccine.”

Picture: Nimbuscare on Facebook

Here’s what it’s looking like in Dunnington

Accident causing problems at Garrowby Hill

There are delays at Garrowby Hill today due to an accident in the snow. This from Andy in the thick of it:

More snowy images of York

Our photographer Richard McDougall has braved the snow in the city this morning to get these pictures.

Tadcaster Grammar closed

We’re not hearing of many school closures yet today, but Tadcaster Grammar is shut.

A19 ‘passable’ but covered in snow

Conditions are treacherous out there. This from the police traffic bureau:

Snow in York city centre – Pictures

Snow is falling in York this morning. It is settling, and making driving conditions difficult.

We’ll be updating this blog regularly with news and pictures. To start, here are a few photos of York city centre this morning.

A snowy Minster on Tuesday morning. Photograph: YorkMix