Roads, buses and schools hit by snow

Snow falls in Belford
Snow falls in Belford

Snow continues to disrupt schools and travel across north Northumberland.

The B6341 at Rothbury is experiencing problems and motorists are advised not to use the road.

It is now the only route into the village from the east due to the long-term closure of the B6344 following the Boxing Day landslip.

Officers are on scene preventing vehicles from entering the town from the Newmoor crossroads.

Police and Northumberland County Council are at the scene and are working closely to improve the road conditions in the area.

Local officers are out in the community and anyone with concerns should speak to them.

There are multiple school closures across the region with Alnwick’s Duchess’s High School only open for exam candidates.

The town’s St Michael’s and Alnwick South first schools, St Paul’s First and Middle School, Duke’s Middle School and Barndale House School are all closed as are the first schools in Thropton, Kielder, Swarland, Longhorsley, Rothbury and Harbottle.

Glendale Middle School and Dr Thomlinson Middle School in Rothbury are other victims of the snow.

There are several school bus routes that are out of action while the Arriva number 14 service is terminating at Longframlington and not continuing to Thropton or Rothbury.

Arriva is also advising that there will be delays on all of its services in the North East.

Police are advising that there are difficult driving conditions across the force area and motorists are advised to take their time on the roads.

Snowfall is expected throughout the rest of the day and they will continue to have officers out in the community.

Gritters have been out throughout the night and will continue throughout today.

Northumbria Police is advising motorists to exercise caution and remember the following advice for driving in wintry conditions:

Moderate your speed to match the conditions and try not to brake sharply, use the gears instead to decelerate

Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front - stopping distances are longer on snowy or icy roads

Be alert for pedestrians walking on roads when footpaths are too snowy or icy to use

Ensure you have adequate visibility by clearing front and back windscreens and all windows/wing mirrors before setting off

Keep your windscreen washer bottle topped up, with the addition of winter screen wash

Clean your headlights front and rear before driving and use dipped headlights when driving in poor visibility, including heavy rain as well as snow

An ice scraper and de-icer should be carried for day to day use, other useful items in your car in adverse weather conditions include a torch, warm clothes or a blanket and a flask with hot water, boots, a first aid kit, a shovel, a battery, jump leads and a tow rope.

Personal safety:

If you go outside wear several layers of thin clothing and keep dry to prevent loss of body heat.

Watch out for signs of hypothermia: Uncontrollable shivering, slow/slurred speech, memory lapse, drowsiness, loss of feeling in and pale appearance of fingers, toes, nose and ear lobes.

Take care when shovelling snow. Cold air makes it harder to work and breathe which adds some extra strain on the body and can be the cause of heart attacks in vulnerable people

People should be prepared to make alternative transport arrangements if necessary

Check local forecasts for latest weather advice

Ensure you keep an eye out for the vulnerable and elderly in your communities