Snow storms cause widespread disruption
Last updated at 10:51, Tuesday, 22 January 2013
UP TO a foot of snow has fallen in parts of Tynedale since the weekend, prompting the closure of some of the district's key roads and up to 40 schools and colleges.
Blizzard conditions across the district have made travelling conditions treacherous and police have been inundated with calls to accidents and stranded motorists over the last 48 hours.
On Monday, the A68 at Stagshaw in Corbridge was closed as well as a section further north, between Carter Bar and the Scottish Borders after they became impassable.
Conditions worsened on Tuesday morning and the A68 at Kiln Pit Hill had to be closed after fallen trees were left blocking the road.
The A696 between Knowesgate and the junction with the A68 was closed along with the A686 at Alston.
Continued snow fall has prompted libraries and tourist information centres to close early while many have opted to stay indoors.
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First published at 10:50, Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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