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  1. Wednesday 22 March 2017

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Weather: Cold overnight, drier and brighter tomorrow

It will be cloudy with rain and hill snow across Cumbria, easing northwards overnight. Drier and clearer spells will develop to the south. It will be a cold and windy night for most, with further outbreaks of rain will arriving from the east towards morning. Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).

And tomorrow early rain will move westwards on a brisk easterly wind, but drier and brighter conditions will follow through the afternoon. It will feel a little less cold, despite the wind. Maxmium temperature 11C (52F),

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PM: cash to help 'beautiful' Cumbria as part of the North West region

Theresa May said money is being spent on improving transport and businesses in what she's called the "beautiful county of Cumbria". 

The Prime Minister's comments came in the Commons in response to Carlisle's Conservative MP John Stevenson.  He pointed out that senior government figures should understand the area's transport needs after having made the journey to Copeland to campaign in the recent by-election.  

If the government's industrial strategy is to succeed, places such as Cumbria need to be part of that success. Will the Prime Minister ensure that Cumbria gets the infrastructure investment which it requires?

John StevensonConservative MP for Carlisle

Theresa May didn't make any specific promises about improving transport links in Cumbria itself, but did say the county will benefit from money being allocated to the North West of England more generally.  

Cumbria and the North West has huge industrial potential. That's why we are getting on delivering our investment plans across the country, including in the North West. £556m has been allocated from the local growth fund to boost local productivity. The North's getting £147m to tackle congestion and improve local transport.

Theresa MayPrime Minister

More women encouraged to look at careers in nuclear industry

A group is being formed in Cumbria to try to encourage more women to pursue careers in the nuclear industry.  

People taking part in an introductory event
Women in Nuclear UK

Women in Nuclear was formed in 2014. It says at the moment, women make up just 19% of the UK's nuclear workforce. 

Cumbria has been chosen as one of the first areas to establish a regional team, because of its existing nuclear industries and the potential Moorside development in future.  

Councillors minded to refer some health changes to Secretary of State

Councillors say they are minded to refer some plans for a shake-up of healthcare in Cumbria to the Secretary of State for health.

Earlier this month, the Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group approved a series of changes.

Cumbria councillors have been discussing the proposals today. They have yet to make a final decision but so far say they plan to refer three things to the secretary of state - the changes to children's and maternity services and the proposals about community hospitals.

They will make a final vote this evening.

News from more Cumbrian MPs after security alert in Westminster

Cumbrian MPs have been speaking about this afternoon's terror incident in Westminster.

Trudy Harrison, the new Conservative MP for Copeland has told BBC Radio Cumbria she's being kept safe, that she doesn't know the full extent of what's been happening, but she's been evacuated to a safe place. And she says "we're in safe hands. I'm just reassuring people that we're in safe hands". 

The Westminster office of the Labour MP for Workington, Sue Hayman, has told BBC Radio Cumbria that they're all very shaken up, they've been told to stay put, the attack coincided with a vote so the MPs were already locked into chambers, and are still there.  

And the Labour MP for Barrow and Furness, John Woodcock has also been talking about his experience today: 

I was on my way to vote with a crowd of MPs through Old Palace Yard, in sight of Parliament Square ,when shots were fired and we were all ushered at top speed back to a secluded part of Portcullis House. I am now waiting in a meeting room in there on an upper floor away from the window, with Cat Smith MP and a team from Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust who were down for a meeting with us.

John Woodcock Labour MP for Barrow and Furness

Cumbrian MPs caught up in Westminster security incident

At least two of Cumbria's MPs have been reacting to this afternoon's incident at the Palace of Westminster.

The Conservative MP for Carlisle, John Stevenson, has told BBC Radio Cumbria he was on his way to vote. He heard the commotion but wasn't at that stage aware of the situation.  

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, has tweeted to say he's in a group who've been moved to New Scotland Yard. 

We'll have more MP's reaction shortly.  

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'Heated discussions' over Cumbrian health plans

A number of heated discussions have been taking place today over plans to downgrade health services in West Cumbria. 

Members of the county council are discussing the Success Regime proposals which could see the transfer of acute services for children from the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. The plans could also see the removal of in-patient beds at cottage hospitals. 

Councillors will decide today whether to support the proposals or refer them to the Secretary of State for health.  

Views south on South Lakes development sites

People are being invited to comment on development plans for three areas in south Cumbria.

South Lakeland District Council has approved draft planning briefs for the sites in Endmoor, Burton-in-Kendal, and Holme.

A consultation is taking place between 6 April and 25 May, and the findings will be used to help determine what is encouraged or expected on each site.

Jobs saved as struggling fashion shop is bought

Part of the Scottish fashion and accessories brand Ness Clothing has been bought out of administration. 

Four Ness stores - in York, Keswick, and at the Lawnmarket and the Royal Mile in Edinburgh - have been purchased by property and retail group Kiltane. 

The Edinburgh-based firm has also acquired the wholesale and e-commerce divisions of Ness. 

Ness bag
Ness Clothing

Outbreak of norovirus at Furness General Hospital

Visitors to Furness General Hospital in Barrow must take precautions because of an outbreak of norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting. 

The Trust which runs the hospital says anyone with symptoms in the last two days must stay away.  

Everyone else visiting Wards two and seven must not bring young children or arrive in large groups. 

All visitors must wash their hands before going onto and leaving the wards, a spokesman for the hospital said.

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Winter weather persists despite spring flowers

Severe disruption: A6 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A6 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, around Huck's Bridge.

A6 Cumbria - A6 in Forest Hall closed in both directions around the Huck's Bridge junction, because of a broken down lorry and snow.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Penrith's Northern League match cancelled

Tonight's Northern League game between Penrith and Dunston UTS is off due to a heavily waterlogged pitch.

A66 reopens after snow clearance

Your photos: Thick snow and sheep

Nell Dunn

BBC Cumbria

I would have loved to woken up to these scenes this morning... (if i didn't have to go to work). 

Although the sheep don't look too impressed.

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Travel: Very slow traffic on A590

There's very slow traffic on the A590 in both directions near the A5074 because of an accident.

Your photos: Snowy Shap

Who'd have thought it was Spring?

Thanks to Tony Rumsey for this photo he emailed this morning from Shap.

Snow in Shap
Tony Rumsey

Photos: The M6 around Shap and Tebay

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

This is the scene on the M6 around Shap and Tebay. Visibility isn't great but the traffic is coping well.

Snow on the M6

Look what I spotted in the snow by the M6. No sign of the owner though.

Skis in snow by M6

Travel: M6 northbound has re-opened

The M6 northbound has re-opened after the earlier accident.

Travel: A66 westbound near Bowes re-opened

Traffic: Snowploughs and gritters working to clear A66 which remains closed

Penruddock Primary School closed because of snow

Penruddock Primary School is closed today because of the snow.

Your photos: Snow in Kendal

Thanks to  BBC Weather Watcher  'The Lucy Dog' for this photo taken this morning in Kendal.

If you have any photos you'd like to share you can email them to us.

Snow in Kendal
The Lucy Dog

Hazardous driving conditions at Shap and Tebay

Snow is causing very hazardous driving conditions on the A6 around Shap and on the A685 at Tebay.

Travel: Traffic stopped on M6 northbound to allow for snowploughs

Travel: Snow blocks Hartside Pass

Snow has blocked the A686 Hartside Pass Between Alston and Melmerby.

Photo: Kirkstone Pass closed because of snow

Wondering why Kirkstone Pass is closed? This is taken from Cumbria County Council's webcam. 

You can see how it looks throughout the day here.

Kirkstone Pass
Cumbria County Council

Travel: A6 closed in both directions

The A6 is closed in both directions around the Huck's Bridge junction because of snow.

Weather: Heavy rain and snow across the county

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Round-up of latest travel issues

The snow is causing all sorts of problems on the roads this morning. Here's what we know so far:

  • A66 is closed in both directions at Brough
  • M6 northbound between J38 and J39 - two lanes closed because of an accident
  • A592 Kirkstone Pass is closed between Troutbeck and Hartsop
  • A590 re-opened at Newby Bridge but drivers told to approach with care
  • Accident on A66 eastbound at Troutbeck - although we're unsure whether this is because of the snow

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School closed

We've been told that Kirkby Stephen Grammar School is closed today because of the snow and problems with the school bus.  

Get out of your lazy bed

Don't worry, we won't continue the old song theme all day.

But, if you're checking our live page on your phone in bed, we suggest you might want to get up.

The snow isn't causing severe problems everywhere, but it is making things slower in places so you might want to get a move on.

Feet sticking out from duvet
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Scene on the A6 between Kendal and Shap

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

Wait, hold on, we shouldn't be humming Christmas tunes in March.

Though it does look festive, doesn't it? if you don't have to go out in it.

Michael Rowntree took this snowy shot in Swaledale and says it's still snowing.

Swaledale snow
Michael Rowntree

A66 closed between A1 at Scotch Corner and Brough

Severe disruption: A592 Cumbria both ways

BBC News Travel

A592 Cumbria both ways severe disruption, between Troutbeck and Hartsop.

A592 Cumbria - Hazardous driving conditions on A592 Kirkstone Pass in both directions between the Troutbeck junction and the Hartsop junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Gritters out but watch out for snow still on the roads

Snow makes driving conditions difficult

Snow has made driving conditions very tricky in parts of Cumbria this morning.

Some roads have been closed, including:

The A590 between the Newby Bridge and Meathop roundabouts

The A684 at Killington Lake

The A66 eastbound at Brough.

An accident has also blocked two lanes of the M6 northbound, between Shap and Tebay. There are reports of queuing traffic already several miles long and not moving.

Good morning and welcome to Cumbria Live

We're starting a little earlier this morning to bring you updates as the weather is causing some travel problems.

We'll be be posting news, travel report and a regular weather forecast until about 18:00.

If you have any pictures of the snow we'd love to see them - but do stay safe when you're taking them.

As always, if you have a photograph you'd like to share or you have news you think we should know, you can    email us   ,    tweet us   or get in touch    through our Facebook page    .