Snow forces closure of A57 Snake Pass between Sheffield and Manchester

Snow has forced the closure of a major route between Sheffield and Manchester through the Peak District.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 12:41 pm

The A57 Snake Pass has been shut since the early hours of this morning (5 January) due to isolated snow showers overnight, Derbyshire County Council said.

A spokesperson added: “We were hoping that we could re-open the road within a few hours, but drifting snow at the top of the pass keeps being blown back onto the road, meaning that we have decided to keep the road closed for the rest of the day.

“As soon as we are able to we will re-open the road, but don't expect this will be today. All other roads in the county are open.”

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Snake Pass in Derbyshire has been closed because of drifting snow, which has made the road unsafe.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for ice across parts of the Midlands and the North from 4pm today until 11am on Wednesday.

The cold weather is set to continue throughout the week, with rain, sleet and snow pushing southeastwards.