Major incident declared in Cumbria after heavy snowfall on roads

Cumbria Police has declared a significant incident due to heavy snowfall on the county’s roads and stated individuals ought to solely journey the place needed.

The drive stated a multi-agency response was ongoing on Saturday night to “minimise the challenges that heavy snowfall is constant to have on the county’s street community”.

Cumbria Police stated the M6 southbound between J38 and J37 was blocked because of jackknifed lorries and that the A595 between Millom and Furness was impassable.

Nationwide Highways stated it was additionally coping with a lot of stranded autos on Saturday night, significantly on the M6 between J38 and J40.

Earlier on Saturday, Cumbria Police stated it was conscious of a number of reviews of autos caught in visitors within the South Lakes space, significantly within the Bowness and Grizedale areas, due to snow.

Superintendent Andy Wilkinson stated: “Businesses throughout Cumbria are working collectively in response to the impression that heavy snowfall is constant to have on the county’s roads.

“We’re working at tempo, to assist clear roads so these at present affected can get transferring.

“I’d urge anyone contemplating travelling in Cumbria tonight, to solely achieve this if needed. The chilly temperatures forecast will make street circumstances much more tough.”

The Met Workplace had issued an amber warning for snow in Cumbria all through Saturday, saying 10-15cm of snow is feasible in some areas earlier than showers start to ease in a single day.

The climate service added there was a “good likelihood that some rural communities may change into lower off” and energy cuts had been possible, with the potential for different companies, resembling cell phone protection, to be affected.

It has additionally issued a yellow warning for ice from midnight till 11am on Sunday in Cumbria and north Lancashire, stating {that a} “few snow flurries could proceed into the early hours of Sunday, however the primary hazard can be refreezing of any melted snow, or freezing of mendacity snow”.

Met Workplace chief meteorologist Jason Kelly stated: “Snow could possibly be heavy at occasions throughout Cumbria with the odd rumble of thunder… 10-15cm of snow is feasible earlier than showers start to ease in a single day.

“A low stress system will carry much less chilly however extra unsettled climate for southern components of the UK from tonight onwards, though northern areas will proceed (to be) chilly with wintry showers and sharp in a single day frosts.

“Many areas of England and Wales can then anticipate spells of rain for the beginning of subsequent week, which could possibly be heavy at occasions with a threat of flooding. Some larger hills throughout components of North Wales and northern England may see additional snow.”

The climate service stated Aberdeenshire, Moray and Highland areas of Scotland had been more likely to see the bottom temperatures on Saturday evening, with minus 12C attainable in some valleys in these areas.

A farmer together with her cattle within the snow within the North York Moors Nationwide Park (Danny Lawson/PA)

The Met Workplace has additionally issued a yellow climate warning for snow and ice from 6pm on Saturday to 12pm on Sunday protecting a lot of the Midlands, Yorkshire, the north east and north west of England, and north and central Wales.

The climate service stated that whereas not in all places will see accumulating snow, some locations are more likely to see 1-3cm, with 5-10cm attainable over some hills and mountains in Wales, the Peak District and South Pennines.

The forecaster stated there’ll in all probability be icy patches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, leading to “some accidents from slips and falls on icy surfaces”.

It warned that some roads and railways are more likely to be affected, with longer journey occasions by street, bus and practice.

In Wales, the A470 was closed between Llechwedd, Blaenau Ffestiniog, in direction of the Crimea Cross because of the climate circumstances on Saturday afternoon as North Wales Police advised drivers to keep away from the realm.

The Met Workplace has additionally issued a yellow climate warning of ice from midnight till 8am on Sunday for London, the East of England, the West Midlands and components of South Wales.

The climate service warned that areas of rain or sleet falling on frozen surfaces could result in icy circumstances and a few accidents could end result from slips and falls.

It added: “Rain or sleet is anticipated to unfold from west to east throughout the realm in a single day, falling on to frozen surfaces and resulting in icy patches, even perhaps the place remedy has been utilized.”

Glasgow Airport briefly suspended all flights on Saturday morning, with the transport hub posting on X, previously Twitter, at 7.24am that it was doing so due to “heavier than forecast snow”.

At 10.20am, the airport posted: “Our runway is now totally operational once more and we’re working with our airline companions and their handlers to renew flight schedules.”

The UK Well being Safety Company and the Met Workplace have issued amber chilly well being alerts in 5 areas – the East Midlands, West Midlands, North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber – till December 5, which means “chilly climate impacts are more likely to be felt throughout the entire well being service for an prolonged time period”.

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