York & North Yorkshire

Drivers warned of icy roads after heavy snowfall

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Image caption Heavy snow fell in parts of western North Yorkshire on Monday

Drivers have been warned of hazardous conditions after heavy snowfall and continuing freezing temperatures.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice for the region for Tuesday.

On Monday, more than 10cm (4in) of snow fell across upland parts of the county with depths reaching more than 20cm (8in) in some places.

More than 50 schools were closed and there was disruption on both road and rail routes.

The county council said gritting teams would work around the clock to ensure main routes were ploughed and well salted.

'Worst over'

The authority and North Yorkshire Police have advised drivers take great care when driving, especially on minor, untreated routes.

BBC Weather forecaster, Paul Hudson, said while more snow was expected on the North York Moors on Monday evening the snow had "fizzled" out and the "worst" was over.

He added: "The emphasis now changes to widespread ice on untreated surfaces."

He also warned the cold weather would continue until the weekend.

The A169 road between Pickering and Whitby remains closed and several minor routes are only passable with 4x4 vehicles.

East Coast trains operated with delays of up to 30 minutes on Monday but said the company hoped to operate a normal timetable between London, Scotland and York on Tuesday.

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