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York snow: rolling weather coverage
8:38am Monday 21st January 2013 in News
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- Dozens of schools closed
- Disruption on the roads
- More snow forecast today
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) says the number of 999 calls it has received during the wintry weather has been "within expected levels", but is expected to rise with more snow and ice forecast.
David Williams, the service's deputy director of operations, said non-emergency patient transport for those with routine appointments had been cancelled everywhere except Hull, to allow paramedics to focus on those with "urgent medical needs". He said this was being "constantly reviewed" and patients will be kept informed of any further cancellations.
"While we are well prepared for bad weather, inevitably it is a challenging period for ambulance services and can affect how quickly we are able to reach people, if only because it is more difficult to get around," he said.
"Despite the heavy snowfall overnight and this morning, our emergency service has been operating effectively and our dedicated staff continue to work extremely hard, making every effort to reach patients as quickly and safely as possible."
Mr Williams said drive-times had risen in outlying rural areas and on side roads because of hazardous conditions, but 4x4 vehicles and other resources had been deployed in the worst-hit areas. He also thanked the public for their support over the last few days by not phoning 999 except in emergencies.
MOTORISTS have been involved in 19 collisions in today’s snow, North Yorkshire Police say.
The vast majority involved damage to vehicles only, with three leading to people suffering minor injuries. A Peugeot travelling on the A64 eastbound carriageway near Malton left the road and ended up in a ditch before hitting a road sign at about 8.45 am, but the driver did not need any treatment.
A grey BMW on the southbound carriageway of the A1 left the road near Newby Hall but the driver did not require any treatment. An articulated lorry left the B1248 at Wharram, near Malton, at around 9.35am. The driver suffered a back injury and was treated at the scene by paramedics.
THE A169 between Whitby and Pickering remains closed because of snow. Driving conditions are hazardous on the A64 at Seamer Road, Scarborough and on the B1248 between the Hambleton Road junction in Malton and the B1251 junction in Fimber.
Flight schedules are still disrupted at Leeds Bradford Airport by bad weather, despite re-opening after closing earlier to allow for the runways to be cleared of snow. Robin Hood Airport at Doncaster has also re-opened.
A children’s breakfast event at the Great Yorkshire Showground, scheduled for tomorrow morning to celebrate ‘Farmhouse Breakfast Week’ with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, has been cancelled because of difficulties getting about 100 youngsters from Starbeck Primary School in Harrogate to the showground.
Any York snow-wardens out on duty today? Send us your pics and let us know how you're getting on. #yorksnow
Lots of pictures from readers of snowmen and snowdogs. Keep them coming......!
@yorkpress @yourdog my dog ben enjoying the snow yesterday afternoon down by the millenium bridge in york http://t.co/MrwpXDBz— @fleicgirl 21 January 2013
@yorkpress I haven't got a snowman or snow dog but I have 2 dogs enjoying the snow http://t.co/lRrU6o7y— @alisonfedup 21 January 2013
Snowman and dog @yorkpress @KateLiptrot http://t.co/RxFqXsH6— @ateoclockltd 21 January 2013
@yorkpress our snowman and snow dog http://t.co/leJZ5taA— @platform_87 21 January 2013
This statement has just come in from North Yorkshire County Council:
"North Yorkshire County Council’s gritting fleet is working around the clock today to keep priority routes moving as the region is affected once more by snowfall and freezing conditions.
"Gritters were out overnight and have retreated main priority one routes this morning. In many areas, particularly in the Dales, Moors and Wolds, retreatment of these routes continues as more snow falls and there is some drifting.
"The A169 is closed at Goathland, as is C20 at Blakey Bank otherwise main traffic routes are generally open, although some are just passable with care notably in upland areas.
"With more snow forecast and winds picking up as the day goes on, gritters are likely to be busy throughout which means many minor routes will go untreated. The county council’s priority during such extreme weather is to keep main traffic routes treated and open, followed by other important routes.
"Road users are therefore urged to take great care when driving, plan extra time for any necessary journeys and make sure they travel with a supply of warm clothes and plenty of fuel.
"The county council’s gritters and farmer contractors will be out throughout the evening and around the clock to ensure that all main roads are ploughed and well salted and generally clear.
"However, cold temperatures mean that lying snow overnight will not readily clear and hence compacted snow and ice will be a widespread problem for motorists and pedestrians.
"When road temperatures fall below -5 centigrade, grit is far less effective. During the current cold snap road surface temperatures have been as low as -10."
@yorkpress our snowman and snow dog http://t.co/leJZ5taA— @platform_87 21 January 2013
The kids' breakfast event planned for the Great Yorkshire Showground tomorrow has been cancelled due to the weather.
Harewood House has announced that its grounds and gardens are closed today because of the snow.
Robin Hood Airport at Doncaster is currently closed, due to snow.
Flights have been suspended from Leeds Bradford Airport while staff clear snow from the runway. Flights to destinations including Heathrow, Southampton, Belfast, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Bristol have also all been cancelled this morning.
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This statement has just come in from East Riding of Yorkshire Council, warning of a possible further 4cm of snow today:
"East Riding of Yorkshire Council is continuing to operate around the clock to keep the East Riding moving following snowfall over the weekend and similar conditions forecast for today.
"The council treated the precautionary network again last night and has been ploughing the main roads, with the assistance of several contractors. Scouts are continuing to monitor conditions on roads on higher ground, but no reports have been received of road closures.
"Up to 4 cm of snow could fall over the course of the day and drifting could cause hazardous driving conditions when the wind picks up.
"Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Our staff are continuing to work 24/7 during the present period of winter weather and, as well as gritting operations, are clearing snow from car parks and high pedestrian areas and refilling salt bins for use by residents.
“At present, the council is continuing waste collection operations, as normal, and is continuing to work with town and parish councils to support residents locally.
“The council advises motorists to only make essential journeys, drive to the conditions, allow extra time for journeys and stay to the treated network, wherever possible.
“During this spell of winter weather, the council asks that residents ensure family, friends and neighbours, particularly older and more vulnerable people, stay safe and warm and have necessary provisions.”
"For further information about severe weather visit the severe weather advice and guidance page on the council's website or follow @ER_roads on twitter."
Keep using the hashtag yorksnow on twitter to let us know the situation where you are:
It's days like today I'm glad I don't have a commute. #yorksnow— @steveajordan 21 January 2013
On the bus as the snow still falls - brrrrrr!! #yorksnow— @RevStephenSorby 21 January 2013
York's Millennium Bridge, and nearby cycle tracks and footpaths, have been promptly cleared of snow and ice, says Green Fishergate councillor Andy D'Agorne, who has long been campaigning for cycle tracks and lanes to be given the same priority as roads.
THE A116 Pickering to Whitby road is closed because of drifting snow, while the A170 at Sutton Bank is just passable. Meanwhile, traffic is very slow because of snow on several key routes in the York area, including the A1079 at Wilberfoss, the York Outer Ring Road and the A19 at Crockey Hill.
This comment below from a reader. Apologies for the delay this time on school closures; we had temporary problems getting the full verified list as early as usual -
9:08am Mon 21 Jan 13
Dozens of schools have been closed today across the region. Full list on the way.
If dozens of schools have been closed because of the weather. It would have been helpful for parents to know before they set off to school with their kids.
Parents will by now know one way or the other now.
List of school closures: http://bit.ly/XvlUpX
Police and ambulance crews are urging people to take extra care if driving this morning due to the conditions. As ever in such weather, avoid driving if you can.
Dozens of schools have been closed today across the region. Full list on the way. There has also been disruption for motorists, with the A169, A170 and A66 all closed in part overnight.
Good morning on another cold day in York and North and East Yorkshire. Follow this story throughout today for the latest news and forecasts. Please also let us know the situation where you are, either using the comments facility below or by tweeting with the hashtag #yorksnow.