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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Wind and rain cause problems for sports fixtures

Heavy rain and strong winds battered parts of Cumbria – washing out a major sporting fixture.

Workington Town were due to host Super League champions Wigan Warriors for a testimonial match at Derwent Park yesterday.

But torrential rain left the pitch water-logged and, despite the best efforts of both teams, there was a late call-off.

The clubs are now trying to arrange a new date.

Many other weekend sport events were hit, including fixtures in Carlisle’s popular Sunday League.

Weather alerts were issued on Saturday and yesterday, with the Met Office warning of heavy rain, gale force winds and even blizzards. This morning drivers were urged to take extra care in icy road conditions.

There was snow in the county, though it was largely confined to higher ground, particularly the Alston area.

There was a scattering of snow and sleet in areas but nothing to cause disruption.

Today there will be scattered showers, heavy at times, that may fall as snow or sleet in some areas. There will also be some sunny spells with a risk of icy conditions tonight.

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