Schools closed, roads shut and rush hour travel disruption as snow hits Greater Manchester

Schools closed, roads shut and rush hour travel disruption as snow hits Greater Manchester

The M66 is fully open this morning after drivers were forced to abandon their cars overnight due to treacherous snow.

This morning drivers are being warned to take care on untreated roads where ice has formed causing slippy conditions.



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The Snake Pass, in Glossop, is currently shut in both directions due to snow between Hurst Road and the Ladybower Reservoir.

However, the Woodhead Pass is still open to drivers.

The icy conditions are also causing disruption to bus services in Rochdale and Oldham.

Drake Street, Rochdale, is unsafe for services to travel along while a number of buses will not be stopping in Diggle or Delph due to the snow.

The 83, 149, 184, 425, 350 and X84 are currently disrupted and passengers are advised to check online for any updates.

There were a number of collisions on the M66 caused by the weather, with reports of gridlocked traffic between the motorway and the A56.

Highways England also reported several abandoned and stranded vehicles due to the snow.

The motorway was congested throughout the evening, but re-opened again just after 1am this morning.

A yellow weather alert warning of snow and ice remains in place throughout morning rush hour until midday.

Forecasters at the Met Office have said there could be heavy hail and snow later on Monday morning, which could affect transport during rush hour.

A statement online said: “Heavy hail and snow showers are expected during Monday morning and will lead to ice and snow accumulating on many surfaces.

“The showers will be heaviest and most frequent across parts of western and northern Scotland.

“Longer journey times by road, bus and train services are likely while some vehicles could become stranded.

“Ice is likely to form on untreated pavements, cycle paths and roads leading to some injuries from slips and falls.”

Weather experts said snow showers this morning may lead to accumulations of snow up to 1cm and over higher ground there could be as much as 2cm to 5cm.

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