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The big freeze in North Yorkshire

The big freeze in North Yorkshire

10:35am 10th January 2010

A team of walkers from York - stranded in a blizzard  have been rescued.

The 5 were trecking across Moorland at Cropton Forest near Pickering when they ran into difficulties on Friday

They began to show signs of hypothermia when temperatures plummeted to -8 degrees celcius.

North Yorkshire Police were alerted at around 5:30pm and launched a rescue mission along with  Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team.

They found the men and walked them to saftey at around 10pm.

Officers want to urge people not to set out walking on these remote routes until the weather improves.

And that doesn't look like its going to be for a while yet, the Met Office have put a severe weather warning in place for North Yorkshire with more snow predicted.

GRITTING SITUATION

Emergency salt supplies are being delivered to councils in an attempt to keep the main roads drivable.

City of York Council have told Minster fm they currently have 390 tonnes of salt and have been out gritting again overnight. They say they've delivered an extra 9 salt bins across the City and have been re-filling those which are empty.

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