Cumbria’s road networks are continuing to experience challenging conditions following heavy snowfall yesterday and icy conditions today.

Agencies are continuing to urge people not to travel unless it is necessary.

A yellow weather warning for ice is in place from 5pm this evening to 12pm tomorrow.

Extensive work has been carried out by Cumberland Council and Westmorland and Furness Council highways teams to clear and treat priority routes and those most affected by the snow yesterday and they will continue to work throughout today and overnight. This work has resulted in the county’s priority routes all deemed to be passable with care.

Those at community venues or have abandoned vehicles, who are planning on travelling, are encouraged with extreme care to use the priority routes which are passable and have been treated.

Superintendent Andy Wilkinson, Cumbria Constabulary, said: “We are continuing to see challenges on our road networks.

“Extensive work has been carried out by highways teams to clear snow and make priority routes passable. Due to the cold temperatures, there is a significant risk that some areas will be impacted by black ice.

“Once again, we are asking people to only travel if necessary. Similarly, we are asking people not to visit the county today if your journey is not necessary in order to keep people safe on our roads.”

Electricity North West are aware of a number of properties without power and have engineers working to resolve these issues. If you live in an area where power is out, and it is safe to do so, we would encourage communities to check on your elderly or vulnerable neighbours. More information on the work being done by Electricity North West is available here: Engineers battling horrendous conditions to restore power (

Useful links

For the latest information on weather warnings, please visit: UK weather warnings (

For the latest information on power outages, please visit: Fault list (

For the latest information on water outages, please visit: Up my street | United Utilities

For information on priority gritting routes in Cumberland visit: Priority gritting routes | Cumberland Council

For information on priority gritting routes in Westmorland and Furness visit: Priority gritting routes | Westmorland and Furness Council