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Snow disruption continues across the region

Snow ploughs have been in service across Cumbria Photo: Press Association

A weekend of freezing cold weather and snow is continuing to cause disruption in the North West.

Train passengers battling the icy blasts to get to work endured more travel misery today with a series of problems causing delays and cancellations on a number of key routes.

The bad weather meant no trains were able to run between Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle.

Stranded cars in Cumbria on Sunday Credit: ITV News

Despite the heavy snow giving way to just light flurries, forecasters are now predicting the severe weather could return on Good Friday.

It could mean the first white Easter in five years, as the nation enters British Summertime.

The Met Office still has sweeping yellow weather warnings in place across Wales, central and northern England and southern Scotland, advising of the danger of ice.

"Lying snow in many areas will melt on roads and pavements by day, refreezing by night to give icy patches.

"The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel due to icy patches and snow blowing back onto roads."

– Met Office warning
Cars stranded in Cumbria Credit: ITV News

The Department of Transport has warned motorists to take precautions and only set off from home if they have checked the latest travel conditions.

A spokesman said: "The unseasonal weather is affecting transport networks. Our staff and other transport operators are working tirelessly around the clock to keep roads open, and keep other services running."

Drivers in Cumbria who were forced to abandon their cars over the weekend have been urged not to go back for them, but to contact police on 101 to arrange for their vehicles to be recovered.

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