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Snow warning for drivers in Cumbria and south of Scotland

Weather warnings are in place. Credit: Met Office

Drivers in Cumbria and the south of Scotland are being warned to take care on the region's roads, as snow and ice warnings are in place overnight.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for snow and ice, while Highways England has issued its own Amber 'be aware' alert for snow, lasting until tomorrow morning.

Highways England says in particular, higher sections of the M6 in Cumbria and trans-Pennine routes are most at risk, including the M62, M65, M66, A56, A66 and A628.

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.”

– Phil Stockford, Emergency Planning Manager for Highways England

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Pictures: Snow blankets Borders

Snow has blanketed parts of the South of Scotland this morning, as a yellow weather warning for rain and snow remains in place.

The pitch at Melrose Rugby Club has received more than a dusting of snow.

The Met Office has warned of the dangers of ice building up on overhead cables, which could fall onto walkers below, and cause power outages.

Buccleugh Street, Melrose, this morning

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Police snow warning

Police are warning drivers to take care on our region's roads over the weekend after the first significant snow fell over night. Snow and ice are affecting many areas, especially on higher ground but so far no serious incidents on our roads have been reported.

"Deteriorating light and weather can lead to challenging conditions especially on narrow rural roads. We ask that all motorists take into account these challenges when driving as too many road collisions are caused by those in control of a vehicle failing to adapt.

Motorists are responsible for their own vehicle and making sure that there are no deficiencies. Please make sure that your lights are in working order and that oil, anti-freeze and washer fluid levels are kept topped up due to increased usage from dirt and salt that is sprayed up from wet roads.

“Winter tyre checks are also important in combating the elements. If you are unable to check them yourself please see a specialist who will be able to make sure that you have the correct tyre conditioning, pressure and tread depth. Some garages offer winter checks for free, so please take advantage of this as it can save lives."

– Chief Inspector Terry Bathgate, Cumbria Police

I fully support the Constabulary’s campaign to raise awareness for motorists about the challenges faced when driving in the winter, and what checks they can carry out to ensure their cars are up to the task. Prevention is by far the best option, so I would urge motorists to take the necessary steps to stay safe, to prevent accidents and avoid prosecution.

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner Cumbria Police

Snow in South Cumbria

The weather in our region has been mixed today, and some of our viewers were treated to a snowy morning in the south of Cumbria.

Will Rodell sent this photo in. Credit: Will Rodell

Will Rodell spent a chilly night testing out his new tent in Kendal.

And Juliet Cairns, a tourist staying in Langdale, sent this photo in:

Juliet Cairns sent this photo in from Langdale. Credit: Juliet Cairns
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