UK snow: Covid vaccine centre and schools closed in Yorkshire

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media captionSeveral Leeds bus drivers were faced with challenging conditions in the snow.

A coronavirus vaccination centre in Yorkshire has closed along with hundreds of schools as heavy snow hit the region.

Patients awaiting a jab at the Priory Campus in Lundwood, Barnsley, were urged not to travel and await new appointments.

Testing centres in Kirklees and Bradford also suspended operations due to the weather.

A yellow Met Office warning for snow and ice is in force until 21:00 GMT.

Barnsley's Clinical Commissioning Group issued a tweet advising that it had postponed all vaccinations at the Priory Campus from 15:00 on Thursday.

URGENT, SNOW IMPACT: Priory Campus Vaccination Service Thursday 14/1/21

Due to the significant amount of snow across the borough, appointments at the vaccination service at Priory Campus, Lundwood have been cancelled from 3pm today.

— NHS Barnsley CCG (@nhsbarnsleyccg) January 14, 2021

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter

In Calderdale, West Yorkshire, the local council said it had cleared routes to GP surgeries where Covid vaccinations were administered, and all centres in the borough were open.

But it advised those with appointments to travel only if they felt safe to do so, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

About 300 schools in West Yorkshire closed to all pupils, and about 50 in both North and South Yorkshire.

Due to coronavirus restrictions schools are only open to children considered to be vulnerable and those whose parents are key workers.

Heavy snow has also fallen in parts of Scotland and the north-east of England, causing significant disruption and hazardous driving conditions.

Andrew Sudron, deputy head at Springwater School in Starbeck, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, said with snow laying heavily on the ground they had to shut.

"I came in earlier this morning and there was already a lot of snow on the ground so that factored into our decision to close the school today," he added.

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image captionConditions on many roads in large parts of Yorkshire were hazardous

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image captionBus companies have warned of disruption and delays to services

The snowfall has also resulted in a number of delays and cancellations to bus services in parts of the region.

First West Yorkshire tweeted it was experiencing disruption across its network and Arriva Yorkshire also said there would be issues with some of its services.

Stagecoach Yorkshire said its services in Sheffield were being suspended due to the road conditions.

Many motorists have reported hazardous driving conditions on many routes.

Phil Airey said his usual 30 minute commute from Boston Spa to Harrogate took 90 minutes due to the poor conditions.

"The gritters have been doing their job but any sort of hill then it's not very good and if you go off onto the little roads well they are not good at all."

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image captionPolice have urged drivers to stay at home until the roads clear

Police in West and North Yorkshire said drivers should take care and allow extra time on many routes.

West Yorkshire's road policing unit said it was dealing with a number of collisions and said its message to drivers was "stay at home".

North Yorkshire Police said the A59 was blocked near Skipton due to a number of vehicles getting stuck in the snow and the county council said the A170 was closed at Sutton Bank.

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image captionPolice say they have dealt with a number of collisions and accidents

Police forces have reminded people that they should only be travelling for essential reasons, due to the continuing national coronavirus lockdown.

Leeds City Council said it was suspending its refuse collections due to "unsafe driving and walking conditions".

It said staff would continue to grit primary routes in the city and at key areas such as the city's coronavirus vaccination centres.

Sheffield City Council said it was also prioritising areas around vaccination and testing centres to support vehicle and pedestrian access.

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