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Heavy snow forces school closures

Snow scene in Calverley, Bradford
In Bradford over 50 schools are closed (Pic: Roger Vaughan)

Heavy snow has forced the closure of more than 300 schools across West Yorkshire.

Several inches of snow had fallen in some areas leading to hazardous driving conditions. Further heavy falls were expected overnight.

The snow had led to delays at Leeds Bradford Airport.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for Yorkshire and the Humber, as forecasters warned of the heaviest snow for six years.

At lunchtime on Monday, the total number of schools closed across the county was said to be 343.

In the Bradford area 52 schools are closed, while 41 are shut in Leeds and 36 in the Wakefield area.

All schools in Bradford will be closed on Tuesday, the city council said.

West Yorkshire public transport operator, Metro, said buses on the main routes were running.

Some services in Leeds are subject to delays and passengers are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

Forecasters said the snow fall was expected to get heavier during the day and overnight.



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