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A66 Stainmore reopens following heavy snow

Police are advising motorists to drive only if necessary as road conditions continue to deteriorate due to heavy snow across Cumbria.

Police have received numerous reports of collisions and disruption caused by the snow, especially in the Carlisle area. So far there have been no serious or fatal injuries suffered following a collision.

The A66 at Stainmore has reopened.

The following roads have been closed due to the conditions:

· A689 Brampton to Alston

· A686 Melmerby to Alston

· A592 Patterdale to Windermere

· A6 Shap to Kendal

The M6 between Kendal and Penrith has been reduced to one lane in places.

Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley said:

“We would ask all motorists to consider whether a journey is necessary in the current climate and would advise them not to travel. The snow and ice are causing problems across the county, especially in Carlisle. Those that must travel, need to alter their driving style to manage the challenging conditions.”

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