Motorists advised not to travel after heavy snowfall

Date: Wednesday 28th February 2018
Driving on the M6 through Cumbria was hazardous
Driving on the M6 through Cumbria was hazardous

POLICE have warned motorists not to drive as heavy snow has hit Cumbria overnight and caused widespread disruption.

The so called Beast from the East has brought up to 13cm of snow in places. The wind chill factor, which is how cold it feels, is said to be -24 at Great Dun Fell.

Numerous schools have been closed across the county. A full list of closures can be seen at

Police say a large number of roads are affected and will remain so as further snow is expected. Trains have also been cancelled.

A number of crashes have also been reported. The M6 is still largely covered by snow with reports of drivers travelling in only two lanes.

The A6 between Southwaite and Junction 42 at Carlisle is blocked due to snow and stranded vehicles.

Superintendent Justin Bibby said: “The county’s road network has been severely affected by the weather conditions and will remain so with further snow forecast.

“Emergency services are working together to deliver a co-ordinated response to the adverse weather conditions.

“Our advice is simple — please consider whether your journey is essential. If not, then take the safe option and avoid travelling until the weather conditions improve."

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