Forecast snow in Greater Manchester is set to cause ‘disruption to public transport and infrastructure’ across the region, the Bee Network has announced.
A Met Office yellow weather warning has been issued for snow and ice in Greater Manchester and much of the north from Tuesday 16 until Thursday 18 January.
It comes as snowfall is expected to hit the region in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with below-freezing temperatures, dropping to as low as -5C, set to bring frosty and icy conditions over the coming days.
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The Bee Network has warned the wintry conditions ‘may lead to some disruption to transport and infrastructure’. A number of roads are likely to be affected, with the public told to prepare for longer journey times by road, bus and also if using train services.
Manchester’s transport system has urged people to ‘check before they travel’ and ‘take extra care’ when making journeys on Tuesday, with the possibility of snow making conditions more dangerous. Local travel updates can be found online.
The Met Office has already issued a number of snow and ice warnings for parts of the country over the next few days, including for Greater Manchester. From Tuesday, January 16, a yellow warning for snow and ice will cover northern parts of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, with ‘bitterly cold’ temperatures to plummet to below freezing.
Another warning for snow and ice will be in place across Greater Manchester from 12am on Wednesday, January 17 until 12pm on Thursday, January 18. The warnings mean there will be an increased risk of disruption to travel, including on roads and on public transport, with the public already issued with important advice about travelling.
Motorists are also being advised to check ahead and plan for disruption to their journeys in a message issued by National Highways North West, which said the low-pressure conditions could bring with it ‘widespread snow’.
National Highways have warned of possible travel delays on roads with the possibility of vehicles and passengers becoming stranded, with further delays or cancellations to rail services.