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UK snow: More than 1,000 schools shut in Yorkshire

Near Scarborough Image copyright Dylan - weather watcher
Image caption A novel form of transport in Scarborough on Thursday evening

Up to 1,000 schools remain shut across Yorkshire as weather disruption continues.

About 500 schools in West Yorkshire, 300 in South Yorkshire, more than 100 in North Yorkshire and 30 in East Yorkshire are shut.

Several flood alerts are in place along the Yorkshire coast and the Humber estuary because of strong winds.

More snow and strong winds are expected, weather forecasters say, as temperatures stay below freezing.

The M62 motorway is closed between junction 24 and 21 and a diversion is in place after hundreds of drivers spent the night in their cars.

Highways England has also been working to clear the closed A628 Woodhead Pass and posted several pictures of the work taking place.

Hull Trains said it was operating a limited service between Hull and Doncaster, and no trains are running between Doncaster and Kings Cross.

The company urged people not to travel as buses could not be brought in to replace the trains because of poor road conditions caused by the weather.

Age UK Leeds is advising older people to stay indoor and keep warm.

'Fed up'

Lawrence Bellhouse, 91, lives in Horsforth and has been isolated for days.

"I have been stockpiling for a little while really, I don't like being contained, I'm fed up with this but what can we do?

"It means I can't get out the house."

Image copyright Scarborough Coastguard Rescue Team
Image caption The coastguard warned people not to attempt to photograph rough seas if it puts them in danger

A flood warning was also in place for areas of west Hull during the morning high tide, but the area around Riverside and St Andrew's Quay was unaffected.

Two people trying to take pictures of rough seas off Scarborough had to be rescued by the coastguard on Thursday.

Paul Campbell of HM Coastguard said: "We understand that adverse weather is awe inspiring but the dangers are real and should not be underestimated.

"We cannot stress enough that piers, rocks, harbours and the water's edge are not safe places to be when the weather is bad."

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Image caption Snow is being blown into drifts by strong winds

Leeds Bradford Airport has reopened but has advised passengers to check with their airline before travel.

West Yorkshire Police's contact centre received more than 1,100 emergency calls on Thursday.

Humberside Fire and Rescue says it has been dealing with fallen roof tiles and signs in Bridlington through the night because of the strong winds.

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