Yellow weather warning for snow and ice as Storm Emma arrives

A Yellow weather warning issued for our region this morning for snow has been extended for the whole of tomorrow (Friday) – but this time for snow and ice.

It comes after blizzard-like conditions swept across Glossop and the High Peak this morning with scores of schools closing and Derbyshire County Council advising people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

More schools are expected to remain closed throughout tomorrow because of the conditions.

There have been major disruptions to travel today, with snowy conditions and high winds making driving dangerous, and scores of bus services curtailed or cancelled.

 

The so called ‘Beast from the East’ brought Siberian weather conditions with sub zero temperatures to the region, with the snow falling throughout much of Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

After a lull in the stormy conditions this afternoon, Storm Emma has now edged northwards from the South West, bringing more snowy conditions and high winds.

It means the Greater Manchester region is at the heart of two Yellow Warnings for snow as one storm meets the other.

Parts of Greater Manchester north of Oldham have even been issued with an Amber snow warning.

For Tameside, Glossop and Oldham the Met office warns of a bitterly cold and windy night to come, with scattered snow showers, and minimum temperatures of -6°C, although when wind chill is factored in it is likely to feel much colder.

Tomorrow, (Friday) the forecast is for another windy and bitterly cold day with a Yellow Warning for snow and ice in place all day.

Most places will remain cloudy, with further snow showers pushing in across the east with maximum temperature only expected to reach 0°C.

A Yellow Warning for ice for our region has now been extended until 9am on Saturday – although that could change depending on if snow from Storm Emma extends further north to our region.

The outlook for the weekend is for further snow showers at times, and although winds will become lighter, frosts will remain widespread and severe.

YELLOW ALERT: The warning for our area which starts from midnight tonight and lasts throughout tomorrow.

The Yellow Warning means there will be further snow showers or perhaps longer spells of snow likely at times through Friday. There is an increasing chance that a further spell of more persistent snow may move north into parts of southern England, Wales and central England during the day. Icy stretches are likely on untreated surfaces. In addition, strong winds will lead to further drifting or blowing around of existing snow cover. Delays and cancellations to public transport are possible, as are delays to travel on roads; some stranding of vehicles and passengers could also occur. Some rural communities could become, or remain cut off. Interruptions to power supplies and mobile phone coverage are also possible.

Battling the snow all day

Derbyshire County Council said it had been battling the snow all day and because of the severe conditions a countywide multi-agency approach was taken to tackle the situation with agencies including the council, emergency services, hospitals, health providers and Public Health England − the first time this has happened since 2010.

Motorist were urged to avoid travel in the north of the county wherever possible as an increasing number of main roads became impassable due to continuous snow fall and high winds causing snow to drift.

Abandoned vehicles and jack-knifed lorries were also causing an issue where roads had been passable with care.

Roads in the south of the county were passable with care but conditions – including on main roads – are treacherous despite ongoing efforts to grit and plough during the day.

Temperatures plummeting to around -6C meant that the large quantities of grit already spread on the county’s roads don’t work as effectively in such extreme low temperatures.

Motorists have been urged not to travel in this part of the county unless absolutely essential.

This evening, closed routes include, but are not limited to:

  • A57 Snake Pass
  • A6024 Holme Moss
  • A53 Leek Road
  • A537 Cat and Fiddle
  • Monks Road between Chunal and Charlesworth
  • B6105 Torside Glossop to the A628
  • Rushup Edge, near Castleton
  • Winnats Pass, near Castleton
  • A6 Buxton to Chapel
  • A623 Calver to Chapel
  • A624 Chapel to Glossop

Impassable routes:

  • A515 Buxton to Newhaven
  • A5012 Via Gellia (Pikehall to Newhaven)
  • A5270 Coalpit Lane south of Buxton
  • A6 at Taddington

Drivers urged to take extra care in the snow

Highways England is urging drivers to check road conditions before setting out on journeys tomorrow (Friday), especially those planning to travel to the South West.

The severe weather is expected to have an impact across most of the country, but Highways England is encouraging nobody to travel in or to the South West from 8pm tonight and 2am tomorrow morning for safety reasons.

Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, said: “Gritters are out treating our routes around the clock but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.

“If you need to travel, make sure you keep your distance and reduce your speed because, even in conditions that seem normal and when the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh salt has not been worked into the carriageway.

“Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel.”

Highways England has issued its own amber alert for roads in the South West, North East, West Midlands, South East, East and drivers should take extra care when travelling in these regions as frequent snow showers are forecast.

Nicola Maxey from the Met Office added: “It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the latest Met Office forecast and warnings for your area to ensure you’re up to date with the latest situation.

“You can do this by checking the Met Office website for the daily forecast or our warnings page, or you could download our weather app which will ensure you can keep up to date while you are out and about.  With the latest weather information for your area, you will be able to prepare for what is in store and plan your activities accordingly.”

Highways England is advising drivers to pay attention to messages on the overhead electronic signs and listen for radio updates. Further information can be found by visiting http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or by following Highways’ England’s regional Twitter feeds at @HighwaysNEAST@HighwaysYORKS@HighwaysEMIDS@HighwaysWMIDS@HighwaysEAST and @HighwaysSEAST.