MOTORISTS and pedestrians have been warned of problems affecting hundreds of roads in Barnsley after sheet ice froze them overnight.

Thick black ice is already causing big problems on the regions roads with the A1/M1 already having closures due to 17 separate crashes.

Woodhead pass is closed due to the weather conditions and police and road safety officers have already taken to social media sites to warn the public about the treacherous conditions.

Chief Supt Jason Harwin tweeted: "Warning - road conditions throughout South Yorkshire are terrible. Please seriously consider if you need to travel."

According to the Met Office the ice has been caused by a downpour of freezing rain throughout the night.

A spokesman added: "That happens when rain droplets fall through air thats temperature is below zero and freezes on impact with the ground or another object to form clear ice – also known as glaze. Conditions have to be ‘just right’ to get freezing rain and it doesn’t happen very often in the UK, making it a relatively rare phenomenon."

Police have reported their call centre has had almost 300 extra calls between 6-8am this morning. They are reminding people to call 999 only if life is at risk or crime is in progress. Everything else is 101. 

ROADS:

We've had lots of reports of affected roads, here's what we know problem areas are, as reported by the WABers.

Millhouses Street in Hoyland closed in both directions between the Milton Road junction and the B6097 King Street junction, because of an accident.

Strata Estate, Brierley - cars left abandoned and folk giving up on even trying to walk it's so bad.

Pantry Hill In Worsbrough Dale - cars attempting to get up but not getting very far

15 minute delays on Manchester Road to Barnsley Road, Penistone. 

Kingsway, Goldthorpe - cars abandoned

Delays on M1 southbound between J35 (Thorpe Hesley) and J34 (Meadowhall).

Wakefield Road Smithies, slow both ways at  Carlton Road traffic lights due to an incident

Old Mill Lane, southbound at Harborough Hill Road Roundabout extremely slow traffic due to an incident

Dodworth Road Pogmoor, heavy traffic, eastbound at Broadway traffic lights

SCHOOLS CLOSURES AND DELAYED OPENINGS: (Information provided by us from parents, if it has been confirmed via school it will say confirmed in capitals at the side of it. We're on the phones constantly trying to source info!)

Burton Road Primary is closed. CONFIRMED.

Carlton CCC -  closed. CONFIRMED

Edmunds Primary School - closed. CONFIRMED.

Lundwood and Monk Bretton Childrens Centre - CLOSED. CONFIRMED.

Buddies Children Centre - Closed. CONFIRMED.

Cherrydale Primary School and Nursery is CLOSED and nativity is cancelled. CONFIRMED.

Hunningley Lane Primary - Closed. CONFIRMED.

DELAYED OPENINGS

Shafton ALC - open at 10am.

West Meadows, Hoyland - opening at 10am. CONFIRMED.

Kirk Balk School - Opening at 10am CONFIRMED

Barnsley Academy - 10am start. CONFIRMED.

St Helen's School, Hoyland - closed until 1pm but planning to update parents at 11am. 

Penistone Grammar School - 10.30am start. CONFIRMED.

Heathergarth Primary - 10.30am start. CONFIRMED.

Carrfield Academy - 10.30am start. CONFIRMED.

Darfield Valley School. 10.30am start. CONFIRMED.

Heathergarth Primary - 10.30am start. CONFIRMED.

Bank End School: A parent has copied us this text: Due to dangerous road conditions school is closed today. Y5 children are ok at Cliffe House. We will contact you later about pick up.

Wilthorpe Junior School - 10am opening. CONFIRMED

Lacewood Primary - opening at 10am. Parents texted. CONFIRMED

Wellgate Primary School - 10.30am opening. CONFIRMED.

St Helen's Primary at Monk Bretton - 10am opening but parents can drop children off earlier if they need to.

Tankersley St Peter's - 10.30 am opening

Penistone St John's Primary - 10.30am opening and will text parents if it's any different. CONFIRMED.

Kexbro Primary - 10am opening. CONFIRMED.

Darfield Valley Primary School - 10am opening. CONFIRMED. 

West Meadows Primary at Hoyland - 10am start. CONFIRMED.

Lacewood Primary School - 10am start. CONFIRMED.

Springvale Primary Penistone, 10.30am start. CONFIRMED.

Greenfield Primary - 10am opening.

OPEN AS USUAL

Darton College - CONFIRMED

Joseph Locke Primary - open if you can get there safely.

Shafton Primary School is open as normal

Keresforth Primary School open

Hoyland Common Primary School open

Richard Newman Primary open

Springwood School open

Summer Lane Primary open

Ladywood School open

Royston Meadstead open

Ellis C of E Primary is OPEN

Horizon - open as normal.

BUSES:

Stagecoach Yorkshire services are now operating as normal. However, some routes may suffer from slight delays due to adverse weather conditions