SNOW has fallen across the region today, causing hazardous driving conditions and forcing many North Yorkshire schools to shut to vulnerable and critical worker children.

At around 8.15am, North Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Group tweeted that the A169 from Pickering to Whitby was being closed due to vehicles getting stuck.

Motorists have been told not to attempt this route.

It said: "Numerous reports around the county of snow and poor road conditions - don’t travel unless you have to and reconsider your route."

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said this afternoon that there's reports of road conditions being particularly bad around Harrogate and Knaresborough.

North Yorkshire County Council tweeted this afternoon urging motorists to avoid Sutton Bank on the A170 due to the road conditions. 

This morning the council tweeted that some vehicles were stuck in snow on the A684 at Winton and Ellerbeck, near Northallerton. 

It also said the B1410 at The Carrs between Briggswath and Ruswarp was shut due to flooding, while the B1416 Oakley Bank at Ruswarp was closed due to road damage.

Sergeant Paul Cording, of North Yorkshire Police, said the A6055 between Minskip and Ferrensby, near Boroughbridge, has reopened following an earlier crash.

He gave this update on how the snow is affecting North Yorkshire's roads this morning:

Traffic constable David Minto tweeted: "Heavy snowfall around the county now. North and east areas particularly affected and certainly high ground. Snow now settling in Harrogate district. Please only travel if essential. Use dipped headlights and #DriveToArrive."

This tweet is from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service station manager Tony Walker:

Sgt Andy Graham posted this tweet: 

Many North Yorkshire schools have been closed to vulnerable and critical worker children due to the weather conditions. These include Lealholm Primary School, near Whitby, Harrogate St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Harrogate Western Primary School and Castleton and Glaisdale primary schools in the North York Moors. For a full list of school closures, click here.

Meanwhile, snow did begin to settle in York this morning. Click here for more.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice covering most of England, including York and North Yorkshire. It is in place until midnight tonight.

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