SNOW has returned to York and North Yorkshire this morning, which is causing traffic delays and has forced some schools to close.

An amber warning for snow has been issued for much of the county, including York, from 12.05am to 11am today.

A number of schools across North Yorkshire have closed for the day, including Tadcaster Grammar.

One North Yorkshire police officer has posted this tweet:

There is traffic disruption on the A64, with long queues and traffic at a standstill on the westbound carriageway heading towards Leeds.

Those travelling west towards Malton are experiencing long delays.

There is also heavy traffic on the A59 between York and Harrogate due to the snow.

First York says a number of its bus services are delayed:

Bus company York Pullman says that due to the snow, it is unable to serve the villages along the route of the number 37 bus. The service is operating York to Tadcaster only via the A64, including Woodthorpe.

City of York Council says gritters were out last night and are heading out this morning to treat York's priority road network.

The forecast for the region today is a cloudy start with outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow.

Forecasters say it will become drier from the west through the morning with sunny spells and just the odd wintry shower expected by the afternoon.

Heavy snow caused traffic chaos last week, and many schools closed across the region on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.