Severe weather warning – residents urged not to travel unless essential

Severe weather warnings have been issued this morning as blizzard-like conditions descended across Greater Manchester – including Tameside – with the message not to travel unless it is essential.

Snow showers have continued overnight as the ‘Beast From the East’ continued to make itself felt with temperatures plummeting to minus six.

With the increasing wind that temperature has felt more like minus 11.

Many schools across the entire region are closed today and parents are advised to stay up to date with the latest news from their children’s schools via websites and social media.

Schools are required to notify parents directly if school is closed – which they will often do online or via text message.

Tameside Council is advising people to avoid all non-essential travel due to the weather and particularly high routes where drifting is making it very difficult.

The council says its gritting teams have been working through the night again, and will continue through the day, to keep main roads and priority routes open, but primarily to support the emergency services.

The message is not to travel unless your journey is essential.

Large numbers of bus services are unable to run and scores of drivers are reported to have abandoned their cars again today around the Mottram area, unable to progress through the conditions.

Many drivers did the same earlier this week.

Due to the severe weather and with staff and public safety in mind the council’s bin collections have been suspended and will resume when it is safe to do so. In the meantime the council is asking residents to kindly not report missed bins.

GRITTING DUTY: Gritters are working throughout the day to keep priority routes open – but essentially for emergency services.