Drivers are being urged to take care in Cumbria after ice has caused several accidents on the A595.
Officers say that the cold and icy conditions have resulted in a number of crashes today near to Muncaster Castle. Highways have also had to close the Corney Fell Road that links the A595 to Duddon Bridge and Corney due to the number of vehicles that have become stranded in the poor weather.
Police are urging people to consider if they need to travel due to the cold and icy conditions.
A Cumbria Police spokesperson said: “Please be aware of the weather conditions if travelling on the A595 near Muncaster Castle, we have had a number of accidents this morning due to the cold/icy road conditions.”
They added: “Corney Fell Road that Links the A595 / Corney to Duddon Bridge is currently Closed by Highways due to the weather and the number of vehicles getting stuck. Please plan your route accordingly and consider whether your journey is necessary before travelling.”
Temperatures are set to drop to -6C tonight, with widespread frost expected. The Met Office has warned that there could be more wintry flurries overnight.
The Met Office forecast for Cumbria said: “Very cold overnight with temperatures quickly dropping below freezing, leading to a widespread frost. Variable amounts of cloud with clear spells, isolated wintry flurry. A cold and frosty start on Monday with mostly clear skies across the north of the region, cloudier further south. Remaining dry all day but feeling very cold.”
Forecasters have predicted it will stay very cold next week, with “severe overnight frosts” and freezing fog patches expected. A Level 3 Cold Weather Alert has been issued by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) covering all of England and is currently in place until to Friday, December 16.
Darren Clark, Severe Weather Resilience Manager at National Highways, said: “Gritters continue to undertake salt spreading over the coming days where needed during the first significant operation of this autumn and winter season on motorways and major A-roads amid colder temperatures across the country.
“National Highways is committed to treating every road which needs to be treated – whenever it is needed. We are armed with the latest technology, forecasting intelligence and years of experience to help us make informed decisions about where and when we need to spread salt to help keep road users safe in even the most adverse weather conditions.”