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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Weather latest – roads chaos as snow hits Cumbria

SNOW has been wreaking havoc on the roads of Cumbria today – with weather warnings in place for most of the county.

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As the snow begins to melt, having made way for rain, the Environment Agency has issued a number of flood alerts for rivers in the county.

Earlier in the day, the snow caused delays on a number of main roads.

Routes around Windermere are still hazardous, according to police, while blockages on the A595 and M6 were cleared during the day. There are reports of problems near the A590 at Greenodd and Newby Bridge.

Police have said the A5092 between the junction with the A590 at Greenodd and the A595 at Grizebeck is only just passable due to ice.

Icy conditions also caused several incidents during the day.

An ambulance was called out to the A590 at about 1.50pm after a car plunged down an embankment near the Rusland Pool Hotel.

The male driver declined to be treated.

Ambulance officers also attended a two-vehicle crash on Ambleside Road near Windermere at about 11.10am.

Two patients - described by those at the scene as "walking wounded" - were taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for treatment.

A three-car pile-up at Whitbeck in Millom at about 8.45am left a 45-year-old female with injuries to her jaw and arm.

She was taken by ambulance to Furness General Hospital for treatment.

The Bay Search and Rescue has said it is on standby and ready to assist emergency services if required.

Furness Academy reported on Twitter just after 10am that an art revision session had been cancelled due to the snow, while Ambleside Brownies had to call off a trip to Morecambe and turn back because of the conditions.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the county – and the rest of the North West – until 11.55pm tonight.

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