When will the snow stop in Harrogate and can we expect any more

Harrogate's RHS Garden Harlow Carr has been forced to close today because of heavy snow as snow ploughs were spotted in town.

Thursday, 14th January 2021, 3:05 pm

With the wintry showers continuing and conditions still treacherous on roads and pavements, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said their priority was to ensure the safety of everyone at the gardens.

An RHS spokesperson said: "We understand the frustration and disappointment this causes visitors. We are currently doing everything we can to clear the garden and car parks and will reopen the garden as soon as we can.

Yellow weather warning - Road and pavement blend into one today at Grove Road in Harrogate.

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The Met Office today issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in Harrogate as temperatures plummet below freezing.

Snow ploughs have now been seen on Knaresborough Road as the battle to keep the roads clear continues.

But forecasts show the heavy snow is expected to fall across Harrogate throughout the day.

This is the full Met Office weather forecast for Harrogate on Thursday

3pm - heavy snow - oC (feels like -2C)

4pm heavy snow - oC (feels like -2C)

5pm - heavy snow - oC (feels like -2C)

6pm - heavy snow - oC (feels like -2C)

7pm - light snow - oC (feels like -2C)

8pm - light snow - oC (feels like -2C)

9pm - heavy snow - oC (feels like -1C)

10pm - fog - 1C - oC (feels like -2C)

11pm - cloudy - oC (feels like -2C)

Weather for the weekend ahead according to the Met Office shows Saturday to present the biggest risk of weather problems, including snow

Friday, January 15

Maximum daytime temperature: 2 degrees Celsius.

Minimum nighttime temperature: -2 degrees Celsius.

Cloudy changing to mist by late morning.

Sunrise: 08:17; Sunset: 16:15.

Saturday, January 16

Maximum daytime temperature: 4 degrees Celsius.

Minimum nighttime temperature: 1 degrees Celsius.

Yellow warning for snow and ice.

Cloudy changing to sunny by late morning.

Sunrise: 08:15; Sunset: 16:18.

Sunday, January 17

Maximum daytime temperature: 4 degrees Celsius.

Minimum nighttime temperature: 1 degrees Celsius.

Cloudy changing to sunny by late morning.

Sunrise: 08:15

Sunset: 16:18.

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How to drive safely in snow

- Slow down

Snow, ice and water on the road reduce grip and, coupled with poor visibility in bad weather, they mean it’s essential that you cut your speed.

Stopping distances can be 10 times greater in snow and ice so slowing down gives you more time to react to other traffic or hazards on the road ahead.

However, be careful that you don’t drive so slowly that you risk losing momentum. On snow-covered roads and especially on hills this could see you stuck and struggling to get moving again.

- Keep it smooth

As well as keeping your speed down you need to keep your inputs smooth. Sharp acceleration, braking or steering are more likely to cause your car to lose grip, leaving you with no control.

Where you can, try to use engine braking to slow down, that way you’re less likely to skid.

- Leave more space

With stopping distances seriously increased by slippy conditions it’s vital you leave more space between your car and the vehicle in front.

It’s also important to try and anticipate what other drivers are doing - being properly aware could save you from a crash or being stranded as others grind to a halt. It also means you're less likely to have to brake or steer suddenly.

- Use a high gear

If your car is struggling to find grip, especially when pulling away, trying selecting a higher gear. This should reduce the amount of wheelspin and help you get moving.

- Stay seen

With shorter days and the prospect of rain, fog or snow making visibility worse, it's important to make sure you can see and be seen. Check all your lights work and are clear of snow or ice before setting off.

Don't wait until it's pitch black to use your headlights and don't just rely on running lights when conditions deteriorate. If it's snowing heavily, dipped beams may actually work better than full beams.

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