Snake Pass reopens as snow and icy conditions begin to ease

Snake Pass is now back open after Derbyshire County Council temporarily shut off the road following heavy snow fall overnight.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 3:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 4:21 pm

The A57 which is a key route for residents living in Derbyshire and Sheffield and commuting into Manchester, is now passable with care according to the local authority after gritters and road workers were out this morning clearing primary routes.

It comes after thick snow, along with ice and freezing rain fell across the county overnight, worst-affecting areas in the north east and north west and causing disruptions to roads and forcing schools to close.

Derbyshire County Council also closed the A54/A537 Cat and Fiddle this morning due to unsafe driving conditions but reopened the road later after it was deemed to be passable with care.

Snake Pass has now reopened.

The Holme Moss A6024, is still shut along with the A628 Woodhead Pass – although the council hopes the A6024 could be open again shortly.

Drivers are encouraged to only travel if their journey is essential.

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