Harrogate virtually at a standstill as heavy snow showers sweep district
Harrogate is at a virtual standstill today as the arrival of snow hit traffic, transport, businesses and schools.
There was an eerie quiet as the snow fell during early morning as cars queued in the main roads into Harrogate town centre punctuated only by the sound of sirens from emergency services and the flashing lights of ambulances.
Knaresborough Road, in particular, has turned almost into a car park as the traffic snakes through the town at a snail's pace.
Several Harrogate schools have already closed for the day, including Killinghall C Of E Primary School and St. Aidan's C of E High School.
Harrogate Bus Company took the decision to pause its services with the hope the weather would improve and traffic conditions improve later today.
The gritters are out on the main Harrogate roads in an attempt to improve the situation.
Harrogate Borough Council tweeted that it was cancelling today's recycling collections for the moment in the town.
The snow showers are expected to continue in the Harrogate area until 7pm approximately, according to weather forecasts, when the temperature will drop to -1C.
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