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Severe weather warning issued

Severe weather warning issued

Published at 9:42am 1st February 2016. (Updated at 11:38am 1st February 2016)

Drivers are being warned to be prepared for more strong gales in Yorkshire today.

Highways England has issued an amber weather alert for motorways and major A roads, with gusts expected to reach 70 mph.

High winds are forecast until 4am tomorrow.
 
Andrew Charnick, emergency planning manager at 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.

"There's a particular risk to lorries and other vulnerable vehicles, such as caravans and motorbikes, so we're asking drivers to slow down and to avoid using exposed sections of motorways and other route if possible."

Highways England and the Met Office are strongly advising high-sided vehicles and other vulnerable vehicles to avoid the following areas:

  • M1 Junctions 39 to 40 - Crigglestone to Dewsbury
  • A628 - Woodhead Pass
  • M62 Junctions 23 to 25 - Huddersfield to Brighouse
  • M62 Junctions 31 to 32 - Normanton to Pontefract
  • M62 Junctions 35a to 36 - Rawcliffe Bridge, M18 Interchange to Junction 36 Goole
  • M62 Junctions 36 to 37 - River Ouse/Ouse Bridge
  • A1(M) Junctions 47 to 49 - between A59 Knaresborough and A168 Dishforth
  • A1(M) Junctions 58 to 65 - between A1 and Washington at Junction 65
  • A66 - between M6 Junction 40 to A1 at Scotch Corner
  • A19 - Hylton Bridge over River Wear
  • A19 Tees Viaduct
  • A19 Leven Viaduct
  • A69 - all of it
  • Humber Bridge

Mr Charnick added: "We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys.

"We will have extra traffic officers and recovery vehicles to help respond to any incidents."

Road users are being advised to follow messages on the overhead signs and listen to radio updates.

Further information can be found at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information or calling the Highways England Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

More advice on driving in windy weather is available from the Met Office.