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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Snow and ice warnings on Cumbria's roads

Snow and ice have created hazardous driving conditions in Cumbria today.

Police have issued warnings for motorists to take care because of the slippery conditions.

They say they have dealt with about 15 weather-related incidents in the county so far today.

Incidents have been reported on:

  • A66 in Appleby
  • A66 at Stainmore - currently dealing with four jack-knifed lorries
  • M6 between junctions 39 and 40
  • Briscoe Road area, Carlisle (now unpassable)
  • Kirkstone pass
  • Hartside, A686
  • A686 closed between Alston and Melmerby

Problems have also been reported in the A69 between Carlisle and Newcastle.

Drivers are being urged to slow down and drive according to the conditions.

One school has so far been closed - Lees Hill, north of Brampton.

Problems on the roads follow a night of snow as temperatures plunged below freezing.

Forecasters say Cumbria will be in the grip of icy conditions until Thursday.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for severe cold and icy conditions as winter returns with a vengeance.

It says: "This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services."

Forecasters expect a brisk north-easterly wind to develop bringing a marked wind chill.

Occasional snow showers will mainly affect eastern parts of England but could stray across the Pennines.

Temperatures in Carlisle are expected to reach only 3C in Carlisle on Sunday and 1C on Monday, falling to -4C at night.

It should become gradually less cold towards the end of the week.

What are conditions like where you are? Tell us below...

Have your say

I'm working in the South at present. Last night was terrible - 25 mile tailbacks were the norm with cars sliding everywhere. Trucks had no control on the slightest decline and on inclines could gain no traction. It took me 3 hours to travel 12 miles on a dual carriageway. The two vehicles stuck behind me? Snow plows - they need clear roads to do their job. Road were just ice with snow drifts alongside.

The traffic has to grind in the salt but if traffic is not moving the salt just gets covered.

carl you have no idea.

Posted by M Dunne on 12 March 2013 at 08:15

Carl are you one of these people who blame everyone else for your problems?
The gritters were out last night (11.03.13) but even if they hadn't been it shouldn't matter as the Highway Code states (I presume at some point you did pass your test thus should have a basic knowledge of driving) you must drive to the condition of the road so if its icy or snowing slow down and allow extra time for your journey it's not exactly rocket science is it?
Next time think before you moan and check your sources! YES the gritters were out, no they are not miracle workers, yes I'm sure the job the gritter guys and gals do is unappreciated by you but just think they are out at stupid o'clock, doing a thankless job no doubt for less money than they deserve, how would you like to hear people saying you should be sacked because one person did not see/think you had done you job even though you had?

Posted by Sick of moaners on 12 March 2013 at 00:43

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