Heavy snow fell on many towns in the south of the Lake District National Park on Saturday leaving many towns and communities cut off after snowfall blocked many major roads such as the A591, A595 and A6. Towns such as Bowness-on-Windermere, Coniston and Millom were left cut off as roads became impassable and many drivers abandoned their vehicles and opted to walk to nearby shelters set up by local authorities and organisations.
A major incident was quickly declared on Saturday afternoon as a result of the ever worsening conditions this meant that local resources such as gritters, mountain rescue would be on standby ready to respond to any incidents. Cumbria Police advised that motorists should not travel to Cumbria and for those already in affected areas they were advised to shelter in place.
The M6 Motorway between Junctions 37 (Kendal) and J40 (A66, Penrith) was briefly closed due to multiple jackknifed lorries and stranded vehicles. National Highways worked around the clock to keep the both carriageways cleared and ensured the motorway was returned to full capacity by Sunday morning.
The MetOffice issued an amber weather warning for the entirety of Saturday 2nd of December that covered a vast area of the South Lakes from Barrow-in-Furness all the way to Keswick, this warning has since been reverted to a Yellow Warning for Snow and Ice. While conditions are set to improve over the coming days residents and travelers should always plan for adverse weather and be prepared for changing conditions.
Below is a gallery from when TeesPix visited the South Lakes on Sunday 3rd of December
The team at TeesPix would like to thank the communities rallied around to help stranded motorists as well as the emergency service’s such as Mountain Rescue, Police and Highways Crews for working tirelessly overnight to help people get to safety.
Last Updated on 7 February 2024