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  1. Weather warning in place for ice across Yorkshire

    PA Media

    Weather and travel warnings remain in place for icy conditions across Yorkshire after the widespread snowfall of recent days.

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    The Met Office has a yellow warning concerning ice in place for all of the county.

    It warns that with falls of rain, sleet and snow dying out, there is a risk of icy surfaces and "difficult" travel conditions.

    The office has told people to beware of the chance of injuries from slipping while walking on icy surfaces, as well as "some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths".

    Temperatures were as low as -6C early this morning in parts of Yorkshire with yellow warnings set to last through most of Friday.

    It comes after "hazardous" conditions on Thursday caused problems for the ambulance service in Yorkshire, which struggled to keep up with the high demand, while Covid vaccinations were also affected.

    Mark Millins, of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said the bad weather was having a "severe impact" on its operations and urged people to "take extra care" when out walking or driving.

    The deepest snow on Thursday was in Bingley, West Yorkshire, which recorded 11cm.

    Becky Mitchell, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "Saturday is the next day we could potentially see some snow."

  2. Hundreds of Yorkshire schools remain closed due to snow

    Hundreds of schools in Yorkshire are closed again today due to yesterday's heavy snowfall across the region.

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    Bradford City Council has published a list of more than 160 school closures this morning on its website.

    You can see the full list here.

    In Leeds more than 100 schools are closed. Click this link to see the full list.

    Meanwhile, Sheffield City Council says more than 30 of its schools will be closed and some will open later than usual.

    You can see a full list here on the council's social media account.

    A yellow "be aware" weather warning for ice has been issued by the Met Office for large parts of Yorkshire.

  3. Snowy conditions having 'severe impact' on ambulances

    Heavy snow, gridlocked roads and high demand for emergency ambulances are having a "severe impact" on operations, Yorkshire Ambulance Service has said.

    Ambulance

    As a result, people are being asked to only call 999 for an ambulance in a "serious or life-threatening emergency" so crews can focus on the most poorly patients.

    Mark Millins, from Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "Due to the very snowy conditions across West, South and North Yorkshire, driving conditions are very difficult and many roads are gridlocked so this is having a severe impact on our operations.

    "We are implementing a number of actions in order to protect our core services for patients and respond to the ongoing demand, including increasing our 4x4 capacity."

    Ambulance service staff are "working extremely hard" to reach patients, but hazardous driving conditions and blocked roads mean it's taking longer than normal to reach the worst affected areas, Mr Millins added.

    "If someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk, they should call 999 immediately. For anyone with less serious illnesses and injuries, our NHS 111 service is available online at 111.nhs.uk or by calling 111," he said.

  4. Police urge non-urgent 101 callers to think twice

    People in West Yorkshire are being urged to think again before calling the non-emergency 101 number after a "significant spike" in calls today.

    Police jacket

    The force has asked callers to consider if they can wait or if the matter can be reported online after the volume of calls to the 101 number went up by a third due to the wintry weather conditions.

    However, anyone who needs emergency help or who is calling about an ongoing serious incident should still ring 999 immediately, the West Yorkshire force added.

    Supt Chris Bowen said: "Between 11:00 and 12:00 today, the force took in excess of 300 101 and 999 calls.

    Normally we would take around 200 in this time period. "So we are asking residents to please consider if non-emergency or non-urgent calls they may be considering can be postponed.

    "We are doing the best we can to manage demand and any help the public can give us on what is clearly a challenging day for the emergency services is appreciated," he added.

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    Video caption: Several Leeds bus drivers were faced with challenging conditions in the snow.

    Several Leeds bus drivers were faced with challenging conditions in the snow.

  6. 'Drive to conditions' plea following collisions in snow

    Motorists on the M62 in Yorkshire are being asked to slow down and drive to the conditions following "many collisions" this morning due to heavy snowfall.

    Crashed car at side of road in snow

    Writing on social media following an incident on the M62 eastbound, between junction 22 and 23, officers said: "One of many collisions West Yorkshire Police are attending this morning.

    "Please drive to the conditions and if possible stay home until the roads clear."

    Meanwhile, one lane is closed and there's slow traffic due to a broken-down vehicle on the M62 eastbound between junction 25 (A644 Wakefield Road, Brighouse) and junction 26 (M606 J1 Chain Bar).

  7. More than 130 Bradford schools closed due to snow

    More than 130 schools are closed in the Bradford area today due to heavy snowfall.

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    Bradford City Council has published a list of school closures this morning on its website.

    You can see the full list here.

    Meanwhile in North Yorkshire Coppice Valley Primary School in Harrogate has been closed due to snow.

    Springwater special needs school in Starbeck is also shut due to the poor weather conditions on site and "staff travel or childcare challenges".

    A yellow "be aware" weather warning for snow and ice has been issued by the Met Office for large parts of Yorkshire.

  8. Weather warning in place for snow across Yorkshire

    A yellow "be aware" weather warning for snow and ice has been issued by the Met Office for large parts of Yorkshire.

    Weather graphic

    The Met Office has warned the weather may cause delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers, especially across higher routes, with potential for road closures.

    Some schools in North Yorkshire have already been affected by the weather.

    Coppice Valley Primary School in Harrogate has been closed due to snow.

    Springwater special needs school in Starbeck is also shut due to the poor weather conditions on site and "staff travel or childcare challenges".

  9. Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    A mix of rain, sleet and snow is expected at low levels this morning with snow at higher levels.

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    Tonight rain and snow will continue, ending near midnight.

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    It should become cloudy with clear spells overnight.

  10. Analysis: Yorkshire Covid-19 infection rates

    Parts of North Yorkshire now have the highest Covid infection rates in Yorkshire, according to the latest figures.

    Statistics show rates in York (670.4) and Selby (554) are double those in Barnsley (258.4) and Wakefield (295.1) per 100,000 people.

    Meanwhile, figures show that 8.6% of Covid-19 tests in the whole of Yorkshire up to 8 January were positive.

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    That number is below the second wave peak of 15.3% on 6 November.

    The Yorkshire and Humber region is the only one in the country where current test positivity levels are below that November peak - and far below the first wave peak of 36% on 10 April.

  11. North Yorkshire issues most pandemic fines locally

    Rob England

    BBC England Data Unit

    Police forces in some parts of Yorkshire have given out up to eight times more pandemic-related fines than others, official figures show.

    Officers in North Yorkshire issued nearly 1,484 fixed penalty notices between 27 March and 20 December, according to data from the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC).

    West Yorkshire reported 1,061 fines issued, South Yorkshire 673 and Humberside 169.

    The police have a legal duty to make sure the lockdown rules are enforced. But the government has faced calls for clarity on what defines a breach of restrictions after two women were incorrectly fined by officers in Derbyshire.

    Chart showing police fines in England for pandemic-related offences

    Most of the fines issued across Yorkshire so far have been for breaking national lockdown restrictions and local restrictions under the tiered system, with North Yorkshire issuing 1,477.

    West Yorkshire Police gave out the most fines for holding gatherings of more than 30 people - at 17 - while South Yorkshire gave out the most fines for breaking guidance on face coverings - with seven issued.

    NPCC Chair, Martin Hewitt said enforcement of coronavirus regulations "shouldn't always equal police involvement" but those who "blatantly ignore" government guidance should expect a fine.

  12. Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    After a cold start and a few sunny spells, cloud and rain will develop with snow and sleet on higher ground.

    Rain this evening may mix with sleet overnight as it turns colder:

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  13. Asda customers with no face covering to be 'refused entry'

    PA Media

    Leeds-based supermarket chain Asda is one of the latest to take a tougher stance on customers who refuse to wear face coverings in stores during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Man in mask in Asda store in Leeds

    Yesterday, Morrisons, which is based in Bradford, said it would enforce the wearing of masks in it stores - barring customers who refused to wear masks.

    Now Asda has joined Tesco and Waitrose in not letting customers who are not wearing a face covering into its stores unless they are exempt in line with government guidance.

    An Asda spokesman said: "If a customer has forgotten their face covering, we will continue to offer them one free of charge.

    "But should a customer refuse to wear a covering without a valid medical reason and be in any way challenging to our colleagues about doing so, our security colleagues will refuse their entry."

    Sainsbury's has also said its security staff at entrances will "challenge" shoppers who are not wearing face coverings or who enter stores in groups.