Heavy snow on highways prompts closures – 'Treacherous driving conditions'


Reports from National Highways Yorkshire have shown the A57 Snake Pass in Derbyshire was closed to circulation due to heavy snow. A couple of hours before the closure, the same traffic watchdog tweeted snow was falling on the A628 Woodhead Pass and the A57 Snake Pass in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

They added: “Treacherous driving conditions reported.

“Please consider alternate routes, if possible and drive with caution.

“Please note snow is also falling on the #M62 between J23 and J22.”

The Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit is now managing and maintaining Snake Pass in the hope to reopen it to circulation.

Pictures from highways CCTV show snow is also falling on the M62 between J21 and J23 and is settling in all lanes.

Traffic England added: “The road was treated earlier, but the low traffic levels have meant the effectiveness has been reduced.

“If you’re planning to use this route over the next few hours, please allow extra time for your journey, be prepared for a delay and drive with extra care.

“Be assured our gritters and ploughs are out there.”

READ MORE: UK snow forecast: Britain braced for MORE snow on Boxing Day

Although temperatures remain mild in the Southern part of the UK, snow showers are still expected in high altitude regions in the days before New Year’s Eve.

The UK is generally more likely to see snow between January and March than December.

Climate change has reduced the likelihood of Christmas snowfall.

However, this year remains an official white Christmas as at least one snowflake is observed to fall in the 24 hours of Christmas somewhere in the UK.


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