Snow falls on Craven

First published in Craven Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Editor

Craven was blanketed under a layer of snow on Monday.

While the wintry conditions made driving hazardous across the district, no major problems were reported.

In some places, the temperatures plunged to as low as minus eight, which led to ice on untreated roads and pavements.

Mike Roberts, head of highways operations at North Yorkshire County Council, said road conditions had been difficult across the county. He added: “We have been salting and ploughing them where necessary.”

There was an additional problem at Flasby where flooding was reported between the junction of Eshton Road and Flasby village.

But the snow also enabled youngsters to indulge in some wintry fun, with snowball fights and sledging on the agenda.

The cold snap is predicted to last another week, prompting North Yorkshire Police to issue some driving tips.

Inspector Vicky Taylor, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said: “If your route is affected by snow or ice, the first thing you need to consider is whether or not your journey is actually necessary.

“If it isn’t essential and alternative work or personal arrangements can be made, then don’t go – simple as that. If you have no choice and have to travel in wintry weather, it is vital to give yourself more time, take extra care and adjust your driving to the conditions.

“This could be lowering your speed, increasing braking distances and making sure lights are on even during the day.

“It is also vital to ensure your vehicle is well-maintained and prepared for the conditions.

“This includes filling the tank with fuel and stocking up on de-icer, windscreen wash and scrapers to make sure you can see the road from all angles. It is advisable to carry a torch, warm clothes or a blanket, boots, first aid kit, shovel and a tow rope. Also make sure you take food and drink with you, especially on longer journeys.”

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