Wintry weather hits Harrogate

Stainburn Forst near to Beckwithshaw
Stainburn Forst near to Beckwithshaw

A blanket of snow covered Harrogate this morning, as sub-zero temperatures affected the region.

Main roads are largely clear, but motorists are being urged to take care, as road surfaces are likely to be affected by ice and possible further snowfall later today.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service has echoed calls from North Yorkshire Police and the fire service, advising people to take extra care in the difficult conditions.

David Williams, Deputy Director of Operations, is heading up the preparations at the Trust ahead of the big freeze. He said: “We have plans in place to help us ensure we can continue to operate in the adverse conditions but ask that the public also make their own plans to ensure they don’t need to call us unnecessarily for assistance.

“Our staff will be working extremely hard to get to local people who call upon us for help as quickly and as safely as possible but understandably hazardous driving conditions may lead to extended drive-times meaning it might take us a little longer than normal to reach patients in the worst-hit areas.

“I urge people to take extra care over the coming days when out driving or walking and where possible to avoid travelling at all in icy or snowy conditions and if they do have to go out, ensure that they wear the correct footwear and appropriate warm clothing.”

Gritting on the region’s roads through Friday night meant North Yorkshire Police were not called to any major incidents on the roads on Saturday morning.

However, on Friday night, fire crews from Ripon attended a road traffic accident on the A1(M) at 5.10pm.

A single vehicle overturned on a stretch of the road between Leeming Bar and Catterick, north of Ripon.

The occupants of the vehicle had managed to get out of it before fire crews arrived, and were treated at the scene by the ambulance service.

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