Severe weather alert in place for drivers across the north

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

Highways England has issued an Amber ‘be aware’ alert for snow lasting from 6am until 1pm tomorrow across the north of England, with showers spreading across the North West, Yorkshire and the North East.

Higher sections of the M6 and trans-Pennine routes are most at risk including parts of the A69, A66, M62 and A628.

Commuters in particular are being warned to take extra care through tomorrow morning’s peak travel periods and to check weather and travel conditions before setting out on journeys.

Around 5-8 cm of snow is expected over the A628 and M62 trans-Pennine routes. The snow showers could cause poor visibility, difficult driving conditions and traction issues for some vehicles.

Phil Stockford, Emergency Planning Manager for Highways England, said:

“We issue severe weather alerts when there is a significant risk to vehicles using motorways and major A roads. The amber status means drivers should be prepared before setting out on journeys.

“We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys. We will have extra traffic officers and recovery vehicles to help respond to any incidents.”

Road users are being advised to follow messages on the overhead signs and listen to radio updates. Further information can be found by visiting the or calling the Highways England Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

More advice on driving in snow is available from the met office.


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