Snow Causes Havoc In Yorkshire

4 April 2012, 11:37

Nearly 11,000 homes and businesses in Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors area are without electricity after gales and ice brought down power lines.

In North Derbyshire, Western Power Distribution confirmed about 9,000 customers were without electricity.

The Northern Powergrid spokeswoman said the power cut was due to the wintry weather.

"It is weather-related, a mixture of wind, sleet, snow and rain which appear to be the cause.

"We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to all of our customers for any inconvenience.

"We are doing all we can to resolve the issues as soon as we can."

Drivers are also being warned to take care on the roads.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for part of the north of England and the Midlands advising drivers to take care.

West Yorkshire Police said there had been a number of minor traffic-related incidents on the M1 and M62 with cars slipping in the wintry conditions.

10 lorries were stranded on the eastbound carriageway of the M62 at Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

There were two and a half hour delays on the M62 Manchester-bound side.

Severe delays, road closed and queueing traffic for 13 miles due to snow on M62 Eastbound from J21 to J22 A672, congestion on M60 .

Leeds Bradford Airport are also expecting delays.

The A57 Snake Pass, which links Sheffield and Manchester, was closed due to the snow.

In North Yorkshire, 3ft snow drifts were causing problems for motorists in parts of the county, mainly on routes across the North York Moors.

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