Snow and disruption hits Harrogate again but will weather forecast predict a swift improvement

Harrogate is set for hours of snow and disruption as the third wave of severe weather in as many weeks hits the district.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 10:42 am
Snow hits Harrogate - Devonshire Place on Skipton Road today.

There are primary school closures, and some bus cancellations in Harrogate this morning. The police also closed the A61 in Bishop Monkton after a road accident.

But Harrogate Borough Council has said its recycling and bin collections are going ahead as planned and most buses will continue to run, said Harrogate Bus Company.

Snow hits Harrogate - An almost deserted Empress Roundabout in the middle of Harrogate today.

North Yorkshire County Council's gritters may have been out across the district last night and today but the roads today, Tuesday remain treacherous with vehicles crawling - or slipping - along the main roads.

Traffic appears to be light at Harrogate's major roundabouts as many people have stayed at home or walked rather than drive to work.

Undisturbed snow is three or four inches deep in places but is already turning into thick sludge on the roads, a sign that temperatures are already beginning to rise,

The weather forecast for the Harrogate district today, Tuesday shows sleet and snow will continue throughout the day, though it is expected to turn lighter into the afternoon with a strengthening southery wind.

More showers will arrive from the south for the next 24 hours but these should be in the main rain, only turn wintry on the hills.

While zero at the moment, the temperature will be 1 C in Harrogate from 11am, rising to 3C and 4C during the night and then hitting 6C tomorrow, Wednesday, which should help the snow clear.

Wedneday's forecast is for light rain showers and a gentle breeze.

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