Snow causing disruption across Cumbria
Last updated at 19:00, Monday, 21 January 2013
Snow was affecting parts of Cumbria today forcing school closures and disrupting travel.
Police closed the A66 over Stainmore between Brough and Barnard Castle after five wagons became stuck in snow in the early hours.
The A686 Hartside Pass road is closed due to drifting snow. It will be closed all day. The A592 Kirkstone Pass and A684 at Garsdale are both closed.
Other routes, such as the M6 and A6 over Shap, remain open but police are advising motorists to go well prepared and take extra care in the treacherous conditions.
In west Cumbria, several vehicles were reported to be stuck on a hill on the A5086 at Arlecdon this morning – eyewitness reports describe the road as “like a sheet of ice”.
Traffic on the A595 was moving slowly.
The conditions may have been a factor in a collision between a coach and a Renault Laguna car in Main Street, Frizington. Nobody was hurt.
The Corney and Cold fell roads are both closed.
Rail services through Cumbria were also affected.
The Carlisle-Settle line was blocked, with buses replacing trains between Carlisle and Skipton.
Virgin was expecting to provide a full service between London and Glasgow although it has cancelled dozens of trains between London, the Midlands and the North West.
The Met Office issued an amber warning for snow in eastern parts of Cumbria today.
It predicts accumulations of 10cm over a wide area, up to 20cm in places, with drifting in gale-force easterly winds.
The snow was expected to ease gradually from the south during the day.
Forecasters say the public should be prepared for disruption to travel, including road closures, and possibly disruption to power supplies.
The snow should gradually ease from the south during the day.
It will remain bitterly cold with temperatures expected to fall to -6C tonight.
Tomorrow should be brighter although there could still be isolated snow flurries.
The maximum temperature is likely to be no higher than 2C.
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First published at 08:36, Monday, 21 January 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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@martin - I work on the rail and got up at 0300hrs to allow time to walk through the snow to get to work to ensure public transport was kept going. And what do I get, abuse from the public when a train is a minute late. There have been no services on my stretch of line cancelled because of snow for a long time now.
@Milligan no one praises me for doing my job and I don't expect them too, I get paid to do it. Why should we praise teachers for doing their jobs?
@A Teacher - "I arrive at school at 8.30am and leave at 3.30pm every day" Wow, you work 365 days a year, I bow to your dedication.
After plouhing my way through all these comments I am beginning to wonder how parents can leave their children 5 days a week in the care of teachers (who are actually people) they so obviously have no thought or respect for.
Maybe these same people could do the job better themselves - there is such a thing as "home-schooling" in which case it wouldn't matter if it snowed purple.
But, I forgot, you need to get a break and a little job yourselves.
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