Hundreds of schools shut and travel disrupted in most of Yorkshire


February 2, 2021: Hundreds of schools have closed, and travel has been disrupted after heavy snow fell across most Yorkshire.

In Bradford, 200 schools shut to all pupils, with over 100 closed in Leeds and Kirklees, 50 in Wakefield and North Yorkshire, and 40 in South Yorkshire.

Some morning coronavirus vaccination sessions in Harrogate and Ripon were canceled in North Yorkshire.

The Met Office issued a warning saying up to six inches of snow could fall on high ground.

Motorists were at risk of becoming stranded, said, Forecasters. Cancellations of rail and air were likely.

Anyone due to go to the Great Yorkshire Showground or Ripon Racecourse this morning to have their coronavirus vaccination will have their appointment rescheduled, the local NHS said.

The NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group said afternoon appointments should go ahead as planned.

COVID-19 testing sites in Catterick and Thornton Le Dale have also been shut.

According to Bradford Council, in the Bingley area of West Yorkshire, the bad weather has stopped Covid-19 home testing teams to visit people.

Kirklees Council would shut all of its household waste and recycling centers.

South Yorkshire Police has advised people not to travel unless essential.

Arriva Buses said no services were operating from its Dewsbury depot.

Chris Johnson, who runs a private gritting firm, said the roads’ conditions are absolutely horrendous. 

“Our biggest trouble has been getting to the sites on the public roads,” Chris said.

The amber weather warning for snow came in force across much of South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, and parts of Derbyshire on Tuesday and will last until the afternoon.

Councils are also warning of disruption to bin collections and the closure of waste disposal centers.

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