Snow is likely to cause difficulties for motorists on the Kirkstone Pass

Snow is likely to cause difficulties for motorists on the Kirkstone Pass

Outdoor enthusiasts in Cumbria are being warned of possible traffic disruption as freezing conditions are likely to affect high passes and routes in the East of the county.

Cumbria County Council said the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the area with up to 10cm of snow expected tomorrow.

A council spokesperson said: “A widespread sharp frost is expected tonight with temperatures in the county between –3C to –7C and anyone driving or travelling is advised to be prepared for rain falling on sub-zero surfaces or surfaces refreezing after the rain has moved on, leaving potentially treacherous road and pavement conditions.

“Tomorrow morning rain is expected in Cumbria with intermittent spells of sleet or snow, even at lower levels.

“The greatest risk of disruption to transport is liable to be across the eastern parts of Cumbria where up to 10cm of snow is possible on ground above 300m.

“The higher trans-Pennine routes out of the county and the Kirkstone Pass and Kendal to Shap routes are at risk of some disruption.”

The authority said further rain is likely during Thursday evening with more sleet or snow higher up and the possibility of some additional accumulation of snow, typically above 250-300m.

“Motorists are reminded to check their vehicle’s tyre pressure, reduce speed where necessary and avoid sharp braking,” the spokesperson said.

The Mountain Weather Information Service said severe gales and a band of snow and rain will move south-eastwards across Britain tomorrow.

Whiteouts will be common on the area’s fells, and windchill will make the temperature feel like –16C.

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