Snake Pass closed as mini Beast from the East bites back

Heavy snow has closed the A57 Snake Pass and motorists are advised to be prepared before setting out on journeys after Highways England issued a further severe weather alert for snow this evening.

Drivers are being advised to avoid trans-Pennine roads, including the M62 (junctions 21 to 25), A628 and A66, if at all possible as well as the M1 between junctions 35 (Rotherham) and 47 (Garforth), the M606 near Bradford and the M621 near Leeds.

The A66 is currently closed to traffic in both directions between the junctions for the A67 and A685 due to snow but gritting and ploughing teams are working along the stretch to reopen it as soon as it is safe to do so.

The A53 Leek Road in Derbyshire has also been closed due to the snow.

The Met Office has also issued warnings for snow and ice in the North, Midlands, East and South East on Saturday, and the whole of England on Sunday.

Derbyshire County Council advises motorists not to travel on high ground routes unless their journey is absolutely essential as, despite their best efforts, conditions are very challenging.

Strong wind gusts are making conditions particularly difficult and visibility is extremely poor in some areas. Road surface temperatures are expected to plummet to -5c overnight – reducing the effectiveness of grit.

Rain and sleet showers are compounding the problems, washing grit from the road surface.

The council says its gritting teams have again treated all primary and secondary routes across the county this afternoon. They’ll continue to treat the network constantly throughout the night.