M62 in Greater Manchester reopens after snow

Snow on M62 Heavy snowfall led to disruption for drivers on the M62

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A section of the M62 has reopened in Greater Manchester after snow and sleet caused disruption for drivers.

The motorway was closed between junction 21 at Milnrow and junction 22 at Rushworth Moor at about 09:50 BST, after several vehicles became stuck.

The Highways Agency said one lorry had jackknifed on the motorway and other vehicles were losing traction.

Officers reopened the M62 at about 13:00 BST, after clearing stranded vehicles from the carriageway.

A spokesman said several roads which would otherwise have been used as diversions had also been closed due to similar problems.

High parts

Wintry conditions hit much of the region as several centimetres of snow fell overnight and into the morning.

The snowfall also led to the closure of the A537 Cat and Fiddle road in Macclesfield and the A57 Snake Pass, which links Sheffield and Manchester.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for snow and ice in parts of northern England as well as in Scotland, Wales and the Midlands.

Forecasters said between 15 and 20cm (6-8in) of snow fell in high parts of the Peak District, Pennines and Cumbria overnight.

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