Overnight snow causes travel chaos

Heavy snowfall has caused chaos on the roads this morning.

On the outskirts of Alnwick, the B6341 was closed in both directions at the Lion Bridge, near the Walkergate junction, after an accident involving a lorry and a bus.

The B6341 is closed between New Moor Crossroads in Edlingham and the B6344 junction in Rothbury, because of snow.

Driving conditions on the A1068 are difficult, with a number of smaller vehicles struggling in the snow and cars were being towed up Hawkhill. At one point a jackknifed lorry blocked the road.

A council gritting team was on the scene helping cars that were getting stuck but queues stretched back to Lesbury.

One driver told the Gazette that driving on the A1 in north Northumberland is ‘very difficult’.

A number of schools are also closed. These are:

Alnwick’s Lindisfarne Middle School

The Dukes Middle School, Alnwick

Branton Community First School

Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School, Rothbury

Ellingham C of E Aided First School

Embleton Vincent Edwards C of E First School

Glendale Middle School, Wooler

Both sites at Amble’s James Calvert Spence College, Acklington Road - partial closures

Kielder Community First School

Longhorsley St Helen’s C of E First School

Lowick C of E Vol Controlled First School

Otterburn First School

Rothbury First School

Shilbottle First School

St Michael’s C of E First School

St Paul’s RC Voluntary Aided First School, Alnwick

St Paul’s RC Voluntary Aided Middle School, Alwick

Swarland First School

Thropton Village First School

Thropton Village First School

Warkworth C of E First School

Whittingham C of E First School

Acklington C of E Controlled First School is to open at 10am.