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Roads 'improving' after weather delays

Cumbria Police say the region's roads are getting back to normal, following major delays caused by snow and heavy rain.

The A66 has now re-opened, and the M6 motorway has re-opened with restrictions.

WATCH: Accident and snow cause M6 delays

There is major disruption on the M6 motorway in Cumbria, caused by snow, and an accident this morning.

Two lanes on the M6 Northbound remain closed between J38 (Tebay) and J39 (Shap).

Travel time between the two junctions is said to be about an hour.


Gritters out as Cumbria prepares for heavy snowfall

Drivers are being urged to be prepared before setting out tomorrow morning after Highways England issued a severe weather alert for the region’s major roads.

A yellow warning for snow will be in place across the North West between 3am and 12 noon on Wednesday in response to heavy snow on high ground. Cumbria and Lancashire are considered to be at greatest risk

Phil Stockford, North West Emergency planning manager for Highways England, said: “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.”

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