Scarborough’s first winter snowfall blanketed the town in a festive dusting, causing disruption to motorists and pedestrians yesterday.
Freezing conditions meant that as the snow melted in some areas ice started to form, creating yet more problems.
Scarborough police were called to a number of incidents throughout the day.
There was a collision between two cars on Dean Road at 8.30am yesterday morning, shortly after which police were called to manage tailbacks from Columbus Ravine to Peasholm as lorries struggled to get up the road.
The A171 was closed at 9am following a collision between two cars, one of which spun off the road, while motorists were advised to take Staxton Bank with caution after reports of black ice.
Other than an Arriva bus heading for Whitby, which was abandoned by its driver in Northway, other bus services ran but with some delays.
The snowfall also resulted in some disruption to Scarborough Council’s bin collection service with collection crews unable to reach a number of rural properties in outlying areas, The council also cancelled yesterday’s garden waste collections.
Today’s forecast is for wintry showers, with an improved temperature and rain tomorrow, clearing on Saturday leaving a sunny day, with more cloud and wind predicted for Sunday. However icy patches are predicted to form over Sunday night.
So will it be a white Christmas for Scarborough?
According to the Met Office the week before Christmas will see sunny spells and wintry showers in the North East early on. Thereafter wintry showers are possible in all areas, particularly the north and east, with some significant snowfalls over eastern hills. Between these showers, it should be drier with some sunny spells. It is likely to remain cold, with widespread overnight frost and icy patches.
Christmas week is likely to see below-average temperatures.