DRIVERS in the Huddersfield area are being warned to batten down the hatches today.
Yesterday brought winds of up to 60mph, causing dangerous conditions on all local roads over high ground and on the M62.
And more of the same is forecast for today.
Met Office forecasters, based in the Highway Agency’s National Traffic Operations Centre, are predicting a strong westerly wind with widespread gusts of 50 mph for Huddersfield. Some gusts may exceed 60 mph in Yorkshire.
The Highways Agency closed the A628 Woodhead Pass south of Holmfirth for much of yesterday and during the afternoon traffic was restricted to 40mph on the Pennine stretch of the M62, between Junctions 22 near Windy Hill and 24 at Ainley Top.
Tea-time rush hour traffic was then delayed on the eastbound carriageway of the M62 following an accident and the closure of a lane just west of Outlane.
The Highway Agency deployed extra traffic patrols and recovery vehicles at locations most severely affected by cross winds.
The Agency has published a list of roads for drivers of “vulnerable vehicles” to avoid today.
These include between junctions 23 and 25 of the M62 near Huddersfield and Brighouse, the A628 Woodhead Pass and the Ossett to Calder Grove section of the M1.
The Agency’s Steve Crosthwaite said: “We are advising road users to be prepared for further strong winds today.
“We advise road users to plan their journeys, check road conditions and weather forecasts before travelling and to allow extra time to complete their journeys.
“We are also advising motorcyclists, drivers of high-sided vehicles and people towing caravans to avoid certain routes if possible, as there is a strong risk of being blown over in these locations.
“Our traffic officers are constantly monitoring the network and are ready to respond to any incidents.”
Up-to-date information on road conditions on motorways and A roads in Huddersfield is available from the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or on their Information Line on 0300 123 5000.