Roads and schools closed as heavy snow falls on Richmondshire

A bus stuck on the hill into Richmond Market Place this morning. Photo: Dereck King.

The A66 trans-Penine road has reopened after being closed this morning because of snow, breakdowns and an accident.

Several inches of snow have fallen across the district making dangerous conditions for motorists.

The snow and ice caused particular problems in Richmond, with traffic struggling to navigate the hills in the town centre.

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Several schools are confirmed as closed including:

  • Richmond School
  • Wavell Community Infant and Junior School
  • Wensleydale School
  • Le Cateau
  • Leyburn Primary School
  • Middleton Tyas
  • Eppleby Forcett
  • Hipswell Primary
  • Spennithorne School
  • Middleham School

Schools confirmed as definitely open today include:

  • St Francis Xavier
  • Risedale School
  • Brompton-on-Swale Primary School
  • Colburn Primary School
  • Richmond Church of England Primary
  • Richmond Methodist School
  • St Mary’s School, Richmond
  • Michael Syddall Primary School (provisionally open)

Wavell Community Infant and Junior School said in a statement on its website: “The school is closed today due to the snow and welfare of the children and staff, travelling to and from school.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience, but child and staff welfare must come first.”

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice that lasts until 11am today for a large area of northern England and Scotland that covers Richmondshire.