Weather watch 8 January 2021 – Snow updates in North Yorkshire

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

The Met's weather warning

More weather warnings for snow and ice

2 weeks ago

It’s not over yet.

The Met Office has issued a snow warning which covers York, between now and 8pm tonight.

This is what to expect:

  • Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers
  • Possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel
  • Some rural communities could become cut off
  • Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.

And there’s a separate warning of ice between midnight and 11am tomorrow (Saturday, 9 January).

Find out more here.

So it’s a busy time for the gritters…

Big drifts in the Dales

2 weeks ago

This is how it’s looking along Fleet Moss, Yorkshire’s highest road up near Hawes. The winds are causing drifts.

They’re getting creative in Harrogate

2 weeks ago

A few miles apart – but what a contrast

2 weeks ago

They are only about five miles apart, but the scene couldn’t be any more different.

Here is the beautiful snowy vista at Beningbrough Hall posted on Twitter at 9.20am this morning.

And a just a few miles down the road, here is St Paul’s Church in Holgate, taken today by David Dunning:

St Paul’s Church, Holgate. Photograph: David Dunning

Knaresborough looks beautiful. And very cold

2 weeks ago

These terrific pictures of a wintry Knaresborough police were shared by Sgt Andy Graham on Twitter.

It looks beautiful. And freezing.

More bus updates

2 weeks ago
Just a trace of snow on College Green. Photographs: Richard McDougall

York city centre free of snow

2 weeks ago

These pictures by Richard McDougall show how York has escaped the snow so far.

Although there have been flurries, rain and sleet has mainly fallen on the city.

The roads are clear and, because of the lockdown, relatively quiet.

More schools fully closed

2 weeks ago

Here is the updated list of North Yorkshire schools that are now fully closed.

  • Lealholm Primary School: closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to snow
  • Hackforth and Hornby Primary School: closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to snow
  • Castleton and Glaisdale Primary Schools: closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to snow
  • Melsonby Methodist Primary School: closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to snow
  • Goldsborough and Sicklinghall Primary Schools: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Scotton Lingerfield Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Darley & Summerbridge Primary Schools: Closing at lunchtime (12pm)
  • Dacre Braithwaite Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Harrogate Bilton Grange Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Harrogate Western Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Springwater School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Birstwith and at Admiral Long Schools: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Harrogate St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Oatlands Junior School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Willow Tree Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Pannal Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Forest Moor School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Markington Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • St Aidan’s CE School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Hampsthwaite CE Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Richard Taylor CE Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • North Rigton CE Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • All Saints CE Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • St. Peter’s CE Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Staveley Community Primary: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Rossett Acre Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Bishop Monkton CE Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
The A59 at Green Hammerton. Photograph: Warren Barry

‘Avoid Knaresborough, but other roads passable with care’

2 weeks ago

These pictures come from reader Warren Barry. They show the A59 near Green Hammerton.

Warren gave us this update: “A59 between Green Hammerton & A1 & Knaresborough is passable with care.

“Main road Boroughbridge to Green Hammerton looks certain that vehicles will get stuck on the hills. Vehicles already stuck on main road between Knaresborough & Minskip.

“Avoid Knaresborough due to very slippery roads/ compact snow/ accidents.”

Photograph: Warren Barry

Pictures from the North Yorkshire webcams

2 weeks ago

It’s a very varied picture out there.

These are some of the pictures from North Yorkshire County Council’s road webcams:

Sutton Bank

A169 Blue Bank

A658 Harrogate Bypass

A19 Riccall

B1253 North Grimston near Malton

Latest full school closures

2 weeks ago

Schools are still open for key workers’ children and vulnerable students. But these North Yorkshire schools are now fully closed today, owing to the conditions:

  • Lealholm Primary School: closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to snow
  • Hackforth and Hornby Primary School: closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to snow
  • Castleton and Glaisdale Primary Schools: closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to snow
  • Melsonby Methodist Primary School: closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to snow
  • Goldsborough and Sicklinghall Primary Schools: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions
  • Scotton Lingerfield Primary School: Closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to weather conditions

2 weeks ago

Flooding closes road

2 weeks ago

It’s not just snow we have to contend with today – flooding is also causing problems.

North Yorkshire County Council has is shutting the B1410 at The Carrs between Briggswath and Ruswarp as the River Esk has burst its banks.

“We are experiencing heavy rainfall in the area and, in addition, a section of the carriageway on the B1416 Oakley Bank has been damaged,” the council said.

“We are arranging traffic management but in the meantime we are asking road users to take care in the area.”

Vehicles stuck in snow

2 weeks ago

This from North Yorkshire County Council:

“There are reports of vehicles stuck in snow on the A684 at Winton and Ellerbeck. A gritter is on its way to clear the road.We are asking drivers to take extra care this morning, to only make journeys that are absolutely necessary and, if you have to go out, to drive to the conditions.”

Snow causing problems on the buses

2 weeks ago

This from some of our bus services:

Road between Knaresborough and Harrogate closed

2 weeks ago

The B6055 between Knaresborough and Harrogate closed after an accident.

A169 closed

2 weeks ago

The A169 Pickering to Whitby road is closed due to vehicles getting stuck.

Snow on the Easingwold bypass on Friday. Photograph: @PinderPhil on Twitter

‘Do not travel’ – Police

2 weeks ago

Police are asking motorists to stay at home unless their journey is essential as snow begins to cause problems on the roads in North Yorkshire.

The North Yorkshire roads policing group tweeted: “Numerous reports around the county of snow & poor road conditions – don’t travel unless you have to and reconsider your route.”