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Snow warning for Wednesday across North West

Yellow warning for Snow Credit: Met Office

A severe weather warning has been issued for snow on Wednesday morning, and drivers in the the North West are being urged to plan their journeys.

A yellow warning for snow will be in place between 3am and 12 noon on Wednesday. Cumbria and Lancashire are considered to be at greatest risk, but Highways England say drivers should take care on all high level routes in the region.

Snow fall is predicted between 2-5cm at elevations over 150m, with up to 10cm on the ground above 300m causing travel disruption throughout the morning rush hour period, and giving rise to increased journey times. Sleet and snow accumulations could also occur at lower levels.

Snow could fall tomorrow morning despite a recent rise in temperatures Credit: ITV Granada

“Gritters are out treating our routes, but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.

Keep your distance and reduce your speed, because even in conditions that seem normal, and the snow is not settling, it can be slippery in patches where ice patches have formed, or where fresh grit has not been worked into the carriageway.

Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel.”

– Phil Stockford, North West Emergency Planning Manager, Highways England


Electricity restored to thousands of homes after Storm Doris

Trees bring down power lines in Cheshire Credit: GTV

Engineers working through the night have restored power to seven and a half thousand properties after Storm Doris.

Winds of 70 to 80 miles per hour caused power cuts to thousands of homes - Electricity North West say that around 20 properties in High Peak are still without power, though work will continue today to reconnect them.

We were well prepared for Storm Doris and I’m happy to report that we have now restored power to the vast majority of customers affected throughout the day.

Our engineers are continuing to work to restore power to any customers who remain without power and we are aiming to restore all supplies by late afternoon.

– Mark Williamson, Electricity North West
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