BREAKING: High Winds Have Closed Parts Of The M62 To High-Sided Vehicles
Drive safe out there
High wind warnings have been issued across Greater Manchester this morning, with a section of the M62 motorway shut to high-sided vehicles.
Highways England is reporting that the M62 is shut between Junction 22 (Saddleworth) and Junction 24 (Huddersfield).
Drivers have been diverted, with Highways England offering this advice.
“Diversion westbound: Follow the solid circle symbol. Exit at J26 and take the 4th exit onto the A58 eastbound for approx. 10 miles then turn right onto the A646 eastbound for approx 17 miles.
Have just done a trip to Manchester Airport & back, it was more like Mario Karts, Wind is blowing everything everywhere! Watch Out #staysafe— Barry Alexander (@wemtaxis) January 11, 2017
"At Todmorden take the A6033 southbound. At Rochdale take the A58 eastbound for approx 3 miles then take the A664 for approx. 2 miles. Then take the A6193 southbound to rejoin the M62 at J21. Eastbound is the same in reverse. Follow the hollow square symbol.”
Traffic authorities are warning drivers to allow extra time for journeys due to the weather.
A power cut is also affecting 411 properties in the BL4 area of Bolton - with properties in Bolton, Farnworth and Kearsley affected.
Electricity North West engineers are on their way, they advise.
The weather is causing disruption across the region, with high winds warnings being out out by the Met Office.
They reported that gusts are forecast to reach 47mph by lunchtime in some areas.
The outlook for today says temperatures will feel cold, with a maximum temperature of 7°C.
"It'll turn colder through the day with strong winds and local gales.
"There'll be scattered wintry showers, which will turn increasingly to snow later on, especially over the hills. Gusty winds will make it feel cold."