A66 in Cumbria closed to vulnerable vehicles due to Storm Malik winds

The A66 running from Cumbria to Durham is closed to high-sided and vulnerable vehicles entirely today due to high winds brought on by Storm Malik.

The road is closed from junction 40 of the M6 at Penrith to where the road meets the A1 to the south of Darlington.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for most of today, and a separate warning for Sunday and Monday, with the warning upgraded to amber once you reach the North East.

A spokesperson for National Highways said: “The A66 is closed in both directions to high-sided and vulnerable vehicles between the M6 and the A1(M)

“The A66 in Durham / Cumbria is closed to High Sided and vulnerable vehicles in both directions between the M6 J40 and the A1(M) J53 due to strong winds in the region.

“Vulnerable vehicles include motorcycles, caravans and any vehicle liable to be affected by cross winds.

“For vehicles travelling across the Pennines please consider using the A69.”

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “An area of strong winds will cross Scotland, parts of Northern Ireland and some northern counties of England on Saturday morning before easing during the afternoon.

“Gusts of widely 50-60 mph are expected and there is a chance of a brief period of gusts in excess of 70 mph in places, particularly for parts of eastern Scotland later in the morning.”

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