All the roads affected by snow in Greater Manchester as some routes left ‘impassable’

Snow has fallen across Greater Manchester this morning. People across the region woke up to a blanket of snow after it fell overnight, with temperatures plummeting below freezing.

A Met Office snow and ice weather warning is in place[1] across all of Greater Manchester on Tuesday, with forecasters warning of heavy snow continuing into the morning. The mercury dropped to as low as -5C overnight, leaving some roads affected by ice.

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On its website, the Met Office warned that the snow could cause:

  • Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel
  • A chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Some rural communities could become cut off

And in Greater Manchester today, a number of roads have been affected by the snow and ice. Travel operators, including the Bee Network, warned the wintry conditions 'may lead to some disruption to transport and infrastructure'.

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A number of roads were covered in snow today, leading to 'impassable' conditions on some routes. Buses were reporting delays of over 30 minutes across some routes and, as of 8.30am, the roads affected in Greater Manchester according to travel service Inrix are:

  • A57 Snake Pass in both directions closed due to ice between A6013 (Ladybower Reservoir) and Hurst Road (Royal Oak Inn).

  • A571 Billinge Road in both directions impassable due to snow from Holmes House Avenue to Enfield Street.

  • A49 Wigan Road in both directions just passable due to snow between A5209 School Lane and A5106 Chorley Road (Boar's Head).

  • A577 Atherton Road in both directions just passable due to snow from Birkett Bank (Ince In Makerfield) to A578 Leigh Road (Hindley green)

There is also a reduced service on the Metrolink[4] this morning due to a 'cracked rail' at Victoria.

Snowy Didsbury Village tram stop

Inrix says: "Reduced service on Manchester Metrolink at Market Street[5], and at Shudehill due to faulty rail at Victoria. Bury[6] to Altrincham[7] and Airport trams operate via Exchange Square. Bury to Piccadilly trams run via Market Street as normal."

This morning, passengers were warned to expect delays due to their train journeys because of the snow. Manchester Piccadilly tweeted services were able to run as normal despite the snowfall, though, saying: "Good morning from a snowy Manchester Piccadilly! So far, everything is moving but do wrap up well if you’re heading out today and take care on wet pavements, platforms (not just ours) and other places!"

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