Snow and travel disruption hits Tameside

Tameside woke up to a blanket of snow and travel disruption this morning (Friday) as winter swept in with a vengeance.

As temperatures plummeted, the white stuff began to fall on Thursday evening across the borough and continued overnight, causing delays to commuters on public transport and hazardous driving conditions on the roads.

Tameside Highways gritted throughout the night, prioritising main routes, and will continue to do so all day on Friday across the area.

The latest up-to-date traffic and travel information can also be found here.

A yellow severe weather warning for ice and snow remains in place until midday on Saturday but no more snowfall is anticipated with sunny intervals forecast for this afternoon (Friday), yet more scattered showers of rain and sleet could cause road surfaces to freeze.

Tomorrow morning (Saturday) is set to be dry with sunny intervals in most places, but the risk of isolated wintry showers remains. A full weather forecast for the area for the hours and days ahead can be found here.

Colleges have remained open but a number of schools across Tameside and Oldham confirmed they are closed to staff and students on Friday for health and safety reasons as a result of the inclement weather.

The full list includes:

  • Flowery Field Primary School in Hyde
  • Oakdale School in Dukinfield
  • Longdendale High School
  • Rose Hill Methodist Primary School in Ashton
  • Gorse Hall Primary School in Stalybridge
  • Pinfold Primary School
  • Blue Coats School in Oldham
  • Copley Academy
  • Mottram CE Primary School
  • Audenshaw Sixth Form
  • St Thomas More
  • Hawthorns School
  • Samuel Laycock School
  • Millbrook Primary School
  • Broadbottom C of E School
  • Hollingworth Primary School
  • St Raphael’s Primary School
  • Gee Cross Holy Trinity C of E (VC) Primary School
  • Broadbent Fold Primary School
  • St James’ Primary School – Hyde

Although snow is melting motorists are being urged to take extra care as icy conditions continue to make driving treacherous.

A car (pictured below) also collided with the traffic lights at the Tesco junction in Mottram earlier this morning. It is unclear whether there were any casualties.

With traffic heavier than usual, some of the worst congested areas on Friday morning were the Matley Lane junction on Mottram Road, Cavendish Street in Ashton in both directions, Acres Lane in Stalybridge and near the M67 roundabout in Hattersley although this has now eased.

A number of bus services were out of action for most of Friday morning and some trains were delayed.

Back to business: Public transport operating as usual at Hattersley train station (Picture by Ray Liddy)

Meanwhile, the A57 Snake Pass is now open (as of 3pm) after being closed just after 7am this morning (Friday) when driving conditions became too hazardous, particularly between Hurst Road in Glossop and the A6013 Ladybower Reservoir.

The A6024 Holme Moss, which was closed for much of yesterday (Thursday), remains shut but the A628 Woodhead Pass remains open but drivers are warned to drive slowly – particularly on Woodhead Road eastbound between the Old Road junction in Tintwistle and Flounch roundabout in Langsett.

Residents and commuters are advised to wrap up warm, check the Met Office weather forecast before travelling and allow extra time for their journeys but avoid going out if possible.

Tameside Council are also urging people to look out for vulnerable neighbours, friends and relatives, as well as follow NHS ‘Live Well’ advice, which can be found here.

 

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Picturesque: Snow falling heavily in Armentieres Square in Stalybridge on Friday morning (Picture by 5ADayStalybridge Shop)