Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the M62 overnight and tomorrow morning, following a severe weather alert for snow.

Up to 12cm of snow could hit parts of the Pennines and Highways England has issued an Amber ‘be aware’ alert for snow, lasting from midnight tonight to 6am tomorrow morning across the region, with heavy snow showers expected on high ground.

Higher sections of the M6 in Cumbria and trans-Pennine routes are most at risk, including the M62 and the A628 Woodhead Pass.

Heavy snow falls from earlier this week at Scapegoat Hill

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Drivers are being warned to take extra care throughout the night and tomorrow morning’s peak travel periods, and to check weather and travel conditions before setting out on journeys.

Around 8 to 12 cm of snow is expected over the M62 while on the A628, three to five cm of snow is expected. Some lower routes could see up to 3 cm of snow.

Phil Stockford, Emergency Planning Manager for Highways England, said: “We issue severe weather alerts when there is a significant risk to vehicles using motorways and major A roads. The amber status means drivers should be prepared before setting out on journeys.”

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A cold front sweeping in from the Atlantic is set to bring the snow as we had on Wednesday in Huddersfield.

And Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens has warned of more unsettled weather with snow settling on the hills and moors.

He said: “The rain will be heavy at times through the night and turn to snow quickly above 250m and will fall only as snow above 400m. By midnight in response to the heavy rain and cooling temperatures the snow level will fall generally to 200m as temperatures cool to 1-2°c in towns and 0°c on the hills.

Snow falling in Huddersfield on Wednesday morning

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“Rain and sleet will fall in those lower areas below Oakes, Ainley Top, Bradley, Waterloo, lower parts of Meltham, Kirkburton, Kirkheaton, the valleys around Holmfirth and most of HD1 post code.

“Those above 250m such as higher parts of Golcar, Holmfirth, Meltham and Salendine Nook expect 2-5cm of wet snow to settle and above Outlane, Holme, higher Halifax expect as much as 10-15cm. Elsewhere it will be very wet with some local road flooding. It will be cold with a strong SE wind becoming North East by end of night, just strong enough to cause some drifting of lying snow over higher roads.”