Heavy snow causes schools and roads to close

The jackknifed lorry blocking the A1 near Catterick junction. Photo: Durham Police.

Heavy snow overnight has caused the closure of schools and roads today.

The A66 trans-Pennine route is shut between Scotch Corner and Brough, while a jackknifed lorry near the Catterick Central junction caused major disruption this morning, but has now cleared.

Minor roads across Richmondshire are either blocked by snow or only passable with care.

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These include Scotton dips and the road through Hipswell, with abandoned vehicles causing further problems.

The following schools are shut today:

  • Richmond School
  • Risedale School
  • St Francis Xavier
  • L Cateau Primary
  • St Mary’s Primary
  • Leyburn Primary
  • Richmond Methodist Primary
  • Eppleby Forcett
  • Middleton Tyas
  • Brompton-on-Swale
  • The Wensleydale School
  • Wavell Infant and Juniors
  • The Michael Syddall
  • Spennithorne
  • Middleham
  • QE in Darlington
  • Richmond C of E
  • Hipswell
  • Carnagill

An amber weather warning is now in place for most parts of Richmondshire.

The warning runs from 6am today until 6am tomorrow.

Snow showers are forecast to fall in the district throughout the day and into the evening.

Temperatures are set to be as low as -6C.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Frequent and heavy snow showers are expected on Wednesday and Thursday leading to some significant accumulations developing.

“Long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel could occur. Roads may become blocked by deep snow, with many stranded vehicles and passengers.

“Some rural communities might be cut off for several days.

“Long interruptions to power supplies and other services such as telephone and mobile phone networks, could occur.”

Firefighters from Richmond have been deployed to help NHS workers visit patients.

The crews accompanied community nurses on emergency appointments.

More details to follow.