Severe weather warning as more snow due to fall over Cumbria
Last updated at 14:53, Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Drivers in Cumbria are being urged to take extreme care on the roads tonight after the Met Office issued another severe weather warning in anticipation of further heavy snow tonight.
Despite weather conditions improving during today, further sleet and snow is expected to fall tonight, with high areas facing the possibility of a further 15 centimetres (six inches) of snow.
And drivers are being warned not to ignore road closures, after several vehicles attempted to bypass closure signs around the county.
- There is congestion on Stanwix Bank in Carlisle due to a broken down vehicle and icy road conditions. Traffic in Carlisle is heavy and drivers are advised to allow additional time for their journeys.
- Most minor roads off the B5301 between Silloth and Aspatria are impassable.
- The A6 over Shap summit is open again to all vehicles after being gritted and ploughed. It had been passable with care to cars and 4x4 vehicles but HGVs were urged not to use it after several lorries got stuck this morning.
- Speed restrictions of just 30 miles per hour are in place over Shap summit, but few vehicles are reaching even that speed.
- The A592 Kirkstone Pass is closed to traffic due to drifting snow.
- The road known as The Struggle from Ambleside to Kirkstone summit is closed.
- Heavy snow has forced the closure of the Hartside Pass on the A686 road between Penrith and Alston and the road will not be open at all tonight.
- The A590 eastbound at Lindale near Grange-over-Sands is blocked with several vehicles stuck and unable to get up Lindale Hill. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area where possible. The westbound carriageway is passable with care.
- The B6277 Alston to Middleton-In-Teesdale road is closed because of drifting snow.
- The A685 between Kirkby Stephen and Tebay is only passable with care.
First published at 18:16, Monday, 21 December 2009
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Ray, farmers already do clear their roads, they have tractors to do that, they are a canny bunch of people, they very seldom lose money, they would only put it down the drain if it was commercially worth them doing so.
no sooner do i predict problems with shortages of agricultural foods, this report from sky news posted on yahoo news comes in.prices rise as crops freeze:
View all 66 comments on this article