Heavy snowfall brings huge parts of Yorkshire to a grinding halt

Heavy snow has brought much of Yorkshire to a standstill with schools closed and public transport suspended.

Snow has been falling throughout the day and is expected to last until well into the evening.

A Met Office yellow ‘be aware’ warning for snow and ice remains in force until 9pm.

The weather has shut 300 schools for the children of key workers in West Yorkshire and around 50 in both North and South Yorkshire.

Public transport has also been severely disrupted, with some operators having to cancel their services entirely.

First West Yorkshire tweeted it was experiencing disruption across its network and Arriva Yorkshire also said there would be issues with some of its services.

Stagecoach Yorkshire has suspended all its services in Sheffield due to treacherous road conditions.

Police say they are dealing with several crashes on roads in the county and have warned drivers to stay at home.

Some roads have been blocked off and drivers are reporting it is taking three times longer than normal to make journeys.

The conditions have led to disruptions in administering the Covid vaccine. Sheffield City Council say they are prioritising clearing roads around vaccination centres.

Meanwhile, the trial of a butcher accused of raping and murdering a 21-year-old student has been called off for the day due to the snow.

In the case of Pawel Relowicz, three jurors were unable to get to Sheffield Crown Court because of the weather, the judge told the members of the panel who could make it in.

Nicky Maxey, a Met Office spokeswoman, said unsettled conditions are set to last into next week, and she urged people to be alert for new warnings from the forecaster.

She said: ‘We’ve seen snow leave the M62 Yorkshire area and journeying now into the Vales or Yorkshire.

‘It will push further south as we go through the day, likely to go down to the Midlands but becoming less intense.

‘It becomes more patchy and the chances of it sticking reduce. When we go into tomorrow there may well be an ice warning issued, we are certainly looking at some potential for frost.

‘With the temperatures warming up through the day there’s potential the snow starts melting. If it freezes overnight there’s a chance of frost and ice tomorrow morning.’

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