Cumbria braces itself ahead of three days of weather chaos

The area covered by the warning for wind and snow
The area covered by the warning for wind and snow

A snow warning has been extended across Cumbria, as the county is urged to brace itself for three days of chaos - including thundersnow.

The first weather warning for strong wind is in force until 11am today.

Gusts of up to 60mph could hit Carlisle, with up to 75mph predicted on high ground.

The A66 is closed this morning to high sided vehicles due to strong winds between the Kemplay Bank roundabout at Penrith and Scotch Corner.

Highways England said: "Motorists are advised to take extra care when driving today as strong winds are currently being experienced in the north of England."

Snow will then hit parts of Cumbria tomorrow and Friday, the Met Office is warning.

Cold air originating over Arctic Canada is bringing snow showers and strong winds.

About 2cm to 5cm of snow could accumulate anywhere within the warning area, with 10cm to 20cm possible on higher ground.

Lightning may accompany the heaviest showers, with potential disruption to power supplies as a consequence.

The first snow warning covers all but the eastern edge of Cumbria and lasts for nearly 12 hours tomorrow from 12.05am.

The second comes into effect at 12.05am on Friday, until 11.55pm that night and will see up to 4cm more falling on lowland areas.

It is in place for the whole of the county.

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