Roads and schools closed after heavy snow falls on district

The view from a traffic camera on the A684 near Leyburn at 9.20am this morning.

A Met Office yellow weather warning is in place for snow and ice in Richmondshire this morning.

Motorists face tricky conditions this morning after overnight several inches of snow fell overnight.

High roads in the Dales are closed including the Buttertubs and the road to Tan Hill.

Police have urged drivers to take extra care, with the A66 blocked in both directions between the A685 and A67 junctions.

The roads between Leyburn and Middleham is also understood to be impassable due to heavy snow.

The A684 in Wensleydale is reported to be passable but only with extreme caution.

Roads in and around Richmond and Catterick Garrison were also hazardous, with traffic struggling to get into Richmond Market Place earlier this morning.

Richmond Market Place earlier this morning. Photo: Michael Bradley.


The Covid-19 testing site at Catterick Racecourse has had to shut for the day.

Numerous schools have announced they will close today.

These include:

  • Leyburn Primary
  • Trinity Academy Richmond
  • Trinity Academy Eppleby and Middelton Tyas
  • Spennithorne Primary
  • Middleham Primary
  • Melsonby Primary
  • Hipswell Primary
  • Wavell Infant and Junior
  • Reeth and Gunnerside Primary
  • Le Cateau
  • Michael Sydall
  • Carnagill
  • Askrigg
  • Bainbridge
  • West Burton

Richmondshire District Council says there will be no grey bin collections in upper and lower Wensleydale today.

A spokesperson added: “Please leave your bin out and we will return as soon as possible and check for updates.

“If conditions improve by lunchtime today we will be collecting recycling waste in Richmond, Brompton and Scorton.”

Recycling centres in Leyburn and Brompton-on-Swale have also closed for the day.

The yellow warning for snow and ice is in place until 23.59pm today.

A yellow weather warning for rain has then been issued for the west of the district for 6pm today until 4am tomorrow.

More details to follow.


  1. Why can’t Richmondshire Council grit any roads early on a morning to avoid the daily mayhem getting into Richmond?

    • They also don’t bother salting the footpaths in town. The pavements were covered in sheet ice for several days a few weeks ago.

  2. The job of gritting is for North Yorkshire County Council highways although the District Council could assist if the have the right equipment.In the recent snowfall the town centre footpaths were dangerous and these should have received better attention from the District council.

  3. There is such a thing as Snow Tyres!!!!!
    In some countries (Germany but one) these are compulsory and if you have an accident without them fitted watch out.

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