Motorists trapped for hours at Market Weighton due to heavy snowfall
NEARLY 50 motorists were trapped for up to four hours by snow in East Yorkshire last night (Wednesday).
The A1079 Arras Hill at Market Weighton was closed in both directions after heavy snowfall and a four-vehicle accident.
Humberside Police said it was "very dangerous" and some drivers had abandoned their cars and began walking along the road after long delays.
Council snow ploughs and gritters were brought in to clear the main route between York and Hull.
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One motorist was stuck in his car for three and a half hours trying to get from Leeds to Beverley.
Another female driver said: "Where is the snow plough? I rang up the police and they said that it was in hand, but so far I've just seen the police coming up and down with a 4x4 and some poor guy with shovels."
John Skidmore, East Riding Council's head of streetscene services, said the weather was "atrocious" and they had problems getting to the scene.
He said: "We just literally couldn't get through to get everybody moving."
Motorists also took to Twitter to discuss the traffic jam and one girl posted: "Stuck on 1079 Market Weighton hill, major accident and now stuck in snow, not getting home tonight!"
One female motorist said she turned off on the M62 at South Cave and carried on through to Market Weighton before becoming trapped.
She said last night: "We shouldn't have turned off at South Cave, we were diverted and ended up being blocked here, it's going to be a long night."
The road reopened at around 10pm and it is not yet known if those involved in the accident were injured.
After the snowfall the UK will see much milder weather today, forecasters said. The mercury could rise as high as 12C (54F) in the South West, 11C (52F) in London and 9C (48F) in the North, the Midlands and Scotland.