Drivers urged to avoid or plan journeys as blizzard conditions expected across north

Gritting teams will be out to treat roads and keep them free from disruption. Credit: PA Images

Drivers are being urged to plan their journeys, check weather reports and pack appropriate equipment after a severe weather alert was issued for the north of England.

As a band of rain moves in, low temperatures mean there is likely to be snow for a short time, which may settle on ground above 200 metres.

This includes routes such as the M62 over the Pennines, the M6 at Shap, the A628 Woodhead Pass and the A66 trans-Pennine route. 

Gritting teams will be out to treat roads and keep them free from disruption.

Winds will also increase, with gusts of 45 to 50mph coming from a southerly direction, causing drifting snow and temporary blizzard conditions.

What to pack

The AA recommended winter car checklist includes:

  • An ice scraper and de-icer

  • A torch and spare batteries

  • A fully charged mobile phone

  • A Sat Nav or printed route

  • A road atlas

  • Sunglasses

  • A first aid kit

  • An empty fuel can

At times of more severe weather, or in the event of an emergency, they all recommend taking:

  • Warm clothes and waterproofs

  • Sturdy footwear

  • A flask of hot drink

  • Snacks

  • A hi-vis jacket

  • Warning triangles

  • Jump leads

  • A shovel