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Yellow alert for snow and ice in our region

Police are warning drivers to take care on the roads due to snow and ice in parts of the region.

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert, which is due to be in place until 10am.

Several centimetres of snow is expected to fall, mainly on higher ground.

Cumbria Police have already had a number of reports today (1st March) of abandoned vehicles and minor road traffic collisions.

The A684 is currently closed in both directions from Kendal to Sedbergh due to dangerous road conditions.

If travelling can’t be avoided, please drive to the conditions of the road and with great care and attention.

Snow flake Credit: PA

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Bad weather warning after rescue teams go to the aid of 'exhausted' walker

Members of two mountain rescue teams were called to the aid of a female walker who'd become exhausted in bad weather on the summit of Dove Crag.

Volunteers from Patterdale and Langdale Mountain Rescue Teams were called out on Saturday afternoon. The woman was assisted from the fell before either team arrived. They'd been joined by nine members of RAF Leeming Mountain Rescue Team and a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

Patterdale MRT say they'd just finished dealing with an earlier incident, in which two people became temporarily stuck on Striding Edge. They made their own way to safety after instructions were provided by the Team.

The Team say they'd like to remind all those venturing onto the fells to check the weather and the fell top forecasts before venturing onto the high fells. There is still a considerable amount of snow up high and an ice axe and crampons remain essential for anyone attempting Swirral or Striding edges.

Hundreds take part in Haweswater Half

The half-marathon takes runners alongside Haweswater Credit: ITV Border

Runners from all over the UK braved wind and snow during the annual Haweswater half-marathon. The route starts in the village of Bampton and heads out on roads that run the length of Haweswater, between Penrith and Shap in Cumbria. It's the 14th year of the race, which is organised by Eden Runners.

"As a club we are proud to welcome runners from all over and are pleasantly surprised at how far some people travel to run in the race that over the years has gained a fantastic reputation. The course is stunning and a significant part of the race has the glorious backdrop of the remote mountain valley and the shores of Haweswater."

– Andy Sharples, Eden Runners

James Buis from Carlisle was the first man across the line and Heidi Dent from Kirkby Stephen was the first woman to finish the race.

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Paddington Bear helps bring big crowds to festival

Hundreds of people have been at the annual Marmalade Festival at Dalmain House near Penrith.

The popularity of the Paddington Bear film attracted a new generation of marmalade sandwich fans.

It's now the 10th year the marmalade-making competition's been held.

One of this year's winners is Gardening Leave, a group that provides therapy for ex-service personnel.

Victoria Brown, Gardening Leave

£2.3 million roadworks scheme starts in Penrith

Cumbria County Council is starting work on a £2.3 million road improvements scheme in Penrith.

The Council says it will improve access to the Gilwilly Industrial Estate and Eden Business Park. An extra lane will be added on the A592 Ullswater Road roundabout for southbound traffic, a revised layout and a new pedestrian crossing.

This project will provide much improved access to the industrial estates and help pave the way for future business growth in Penrith. Given the scale of the improvements on key roads in the town, there will inevitably be some disruption for road users. I would ask drivers to bear with us, because the long term benefits will far outweigh any short term inconvenience.”

– Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council

Phase two of the works is likely to start towards the summer and will involve construction of two new roundabouts on the B5288 Newton Road, at the junctions of Haweswater Road and Gilwilly Road.

Sunday - Cold and windy. Sunshine & showers

Some sunshine in the mix today to start the new month. Welcome to March and the Met Office Spring! Credit: NELSON ALLEN

Some bright or sunny intervals, but increasingly wintry showers, frequent and heavy at times, with some fresh snowfalls possible on the hills, especially by nightfall.

Strong westerly winds continuing, dragging in much colder air for the next few days.

Highs 5-6°C by afternoon

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