Drivers urged to take extra care as snow is expected

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on motorways and major A roads overnight and tomorrow morning, following a severe weather alert for snow. 

Highways England has issued an amber ‘be aware’ alert across the North West and the Met Office has issued a severe yellow weather warning across Derbyshire, which runs until 10am on Wednesday.

A band of rain with occasional heavy rain across the North West is expected to turn to sleet and snow as it heads eastwards.

Later in the evening, the snow will impact the higher sections of the Pennine routes, particularly the A66, M62 and A628, with up to 20cm of snow possible on higher sections by the end of the night.

The Met Office has predicted that overnight the rain, sleet and snow will continue to spread east and fall at lower levels through South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

Motorists are warned to take extra care, and brace themselves for the potential for difficult driving conditions in some areas, as well as longer journeys than usual.

Gritting teams will be in operation to spread salt and Highways England’s team will keep traffic moving on motorways and major A roads.

Drivers are being encouraged to check the forecast before they set off and make sure they have a winter kit in their vehicles, including an ice scraper and de-icer, warm clothes and blankets.

Further information can be found by visiting the Highways England website www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or calling the Highways England Information Line on 0300 123 5000.