Schools shut and roads treacherous due to heavy snow

Traffic backed up between Skeeby and Richmond. Photo: Hayley Brown.

Heavy snow has created hazardous driving conditions on roads across Richmondshire.

Police in the district are urged drivers not to travel unless absolutely necessary

This morning, vehicles coming into Richmond from Scotch Corner got stuck on the hill out of Skeeby.

A lorry also got stuck on the hill out of Bellerby towards Richmond.

Numerous other roads are covered in thick snow, which has continued falling through the day.

Police have urged drivers to take care and only travel if absolutely necessary.

A spokesperson for the Leyburn and the Dales Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Heavy snow continuing to fall across the area – please do not travel unless absolutely essential.

“Don’t strain the emergency services further – Stay Home, Save Lives.”

Schools have closed today to the children of keyworkers because of the conditions .

Photo: Lay
The road between Richmond to Skeeby. Photo: Hayley Brown.
The A684 near Leyburn at 10.10am this morning.

The schools, which were due to open for keyworker and vulnerable children, which have already announced they will stay shut today include:

  • Leyburn Primary
  • The Wensleydale School
  • Trinity Academy Richmond
  • Trinity Academy Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas
  • Melsonby Methodist
  • Le Cateau Primary
  • Hispwell Primary
  • Spennithorne Primary
  • Middleham Primary
  • Carnagill Primary
  • Michael Syddall Primary
  • Reeth & Gunnerside Primary
  • Bainbridge, Askrigg and West Burton Primary
  • Wavell Infant and Nursery
  • Wavell Junior
  • Bolton-on-Swale

Hazardous driving conditions are reported on many roads in the district including the A66 from Scotch Corner to Penrith.

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place until 9pm tonight.


  1. Surely the roads through Richmond to Scotch Corner via Skeeby and to the motorway via Brompton on Swale are priority roads, they have not been gritted at all

    A @metoffice yellow #weatherwarning for #snow and #ice in #NorthYorkshire is in place until 9pm today. We have gritted priority roads. Please only travel if essential and take extra care.

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