Snow hits Cumbria road network

Date: Friday 29th December 2017
Snow scene at Thacka Beck, Penrith, by John France.
Snow scene at Thacka Beck, Penrith, by John France.

SNOW hit Cumbria this morning, causing disruption for drivers across the county.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for snow across the county for between 8-10am and 3pm and drivers were urged to prepare before setting off on their journeys.

Hazardous driving conditions were reported on the M6 between Junction 36 at Crooklands and Junction 40 at Penrith.

One lane was closed southbound between Junction 38 at Tebay and Junction 37 at Sedbergh. A Ford Focus car overturned near the Tebay junction just before 8-30am and the driver, a woman from Kirkby Stephen, suffered minor injuries. She was not believed to have required hospital treatment.

The A6 between Jackson’s Lane, Shap, and the A685 at Appleby Road, Kendal, was closed due to the road conditions.

Other road closures included Newlands Pass, between Braithwaite and Buttermere; Honister Pass, between Keswick and Loweswater; and Whinlatter Pass, between the A66 at Braithwaite and the B5289 at Lorton.

Snowfall of between 2cm and 10cm was predicted on higher routes, with up to 15cm over the Pennines.