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Drivers urged to only travel if necessary

[D]rivers are advised to only drive if necessary as heavy snowfall impacts much of the county overnight (18 Jan), making driving conditions hazardous.

The heavy snowfall has led to the decision to close the snow gates on the A66 – linking Cumbria with the North-East. This was put into place at around 1.30am today.

Information about on-going issues and incidents on the roads can be found on the Cumbria Police Traffic Map*.

The B5305 linking Penrith with Wigton is currently closed due to weather issues.

Drivers on the M6 – and all roads affected by the weather – are urged to drive with extreme caution.

At around 1.30am a lorry jack-knifed on the M6 northbound at the 1 mile marker for junction 39. Driver not believed to be injured and the lorry was in the process of being recovered.

For the latest information on roads in Cumbria visit: https://www.cumbria.police.uk/Traffic/Traffic.aspx

The advice offered by Police Scotland has been downgraded to High Risk. This means that you should drive with extreme caution. If you must drive, there is a high likelihood of disruption on the roads and you should expect lengthy delays.

Superintendent Calum Glenny said: “Despite some difficult weather conditions in the Dumfries and Galloway area which caused some disruption, the weather was not as severe as was first forecast. Thankfully, a significant number of motorists heeded the warnings which had been issued to avoid travelling on the roads and I’d like to thank them for doing so.

“When we take decisions to upgrade travel warnings, we do so with careful consideration and public safety is paramount at all times.

“Please continue to drive with caution. Drive to the weather conditions, continue to monitor forecasts and keep informed on any changes to road conditions or warnings by following the relevant social media channels.”

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