Military deployed to help stranded motorists

Police re-issue earlier appeal to only travel if essential as M62 remains closed

Greater Manchester Police say the military has been deployed to help in the rescue of motorists stranded on the M62.

The M62 is closed from junction 20 (Rochdale) to junction 24 (Huddersfield).

A Yellow weather warning for the strong winds has been issued which will continue throughout the day.

Police are again asking that people only travel if it is absolutely essential.

Emergency services say they are aware of drivers in the surrounding area who have been stranded for some hours due to snow and wind.

The military have been deployed to support police and partners in their efforts to clear the roads and get people to safety.

Residents are advised to check local council websites for information on road closures.

Live updates are available on the Highways England Twitter accounts by following @HighwaysNEAST and @HighwaysNWEST.

Traffic is being filtered off the M62 at junction 20 and diversions are in place although traffic is severely congested.