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Heavy snow causes transport and power problems

Police are warning drivers to be careful Photo: ITV Granada

Heavy snowfalls and strong winds overnight have caused widespread problems in upland areas of the region. Roads, rail and electricity supplies have all been affected.

Derbyshire has been particularly affected, with Tideswell recording 15 cm of snow by 10 am this morning. 4500 homes are without power in the High Peak area, which includes towns such as Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Glossop. The supplier, Electricity North West, says its engineers have been working round the clock to fix the problem. They aim to have the power supply restored by tonight.

On the county's roads, the A57 Snake Pass between Sheffield and Manchester has been shut in both directions between Ladybower reservoir in Priddock Wood and the Manor Park Road junction in Glossop. The A628, which runs through the Peak District between Sheffield and Manchester, is also closed due to snow drifts.

Meanwhile part of the M62 has been closed in Greater Manchester because of snow and sleet. Several lorries broke down on the M62 eastbound and the motorway was later closed between junction 21 at Milnrow and junction 22 at Rishworth Moor.

On the railways, all trains are currently cancelled between Hazel Grove and Buxton after a train got stuck in the snow. Rail replacement buses are operating instead.

The freezing temperatures will continue into tonight, leading to icy conditions on the roads, but more snow is unlikely.