Storm Arwen hits Greater Manchester with 120 trucks trapped in snow on the M62 – and nearly 70,000 properties without power as trees fall

More than 100 trucks were stranded overnight on a stretch of the M62 motorway after storm Arwen brought stormy winds, snow and treacherous conditions to Greater Manchester.

Electricity North West also confirmed today that the weather resulted in power outages to nearly 70,000 properties across the region.

Trees fell in the stormy wind, which according to reports reached 60 km / h in the region, blocked roads and damaged overhead cables.

Engineers were in a hurry to carry out emergency repairs this morning.

Residents in parts of Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside woke up to snow today – when a weather forecast from the Met Office remained in place.

The M62 remained closed near Milnrow in Rochdale – between junctions 21 and 22 today – after police said more than 120 trucks were stuck in heavy snow around 2:30 p.m.

The situation on the highway reflects scenes when the ‘Beast from the East’ Arctic explosion hit in 2018, leading to rescue missions to reach truck drivers stuck inside the cabs of their stranded trucks.

The closed M62

Snow plows and ditches were put in to clear the road this morning.

The M62 in Cheshire, between junctions seven and eight, also remained closed after a truck was stabbed.

Other exposed roads were affected with Woodhead Pass closed to high-sided vehicles.

Police also urged motorists to avoid Snake Pass.

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The Met Office reported that wind speeds reached 98 mph in Northumberland overnight, saying the wind was still blowing around 70 mph with sleet and snow around Greater Manchester.

A ‘yellow’ warning from the Met Office about snow and strong winds remained in effect for Greater Manchester today. It expires at 6 pm tonight.

Train operator Northern said lines were blocked across Greater Manchester on Saturday – reporting “severe weather”.

Storm Arwen brought trees down across the country

Services running through the Wigan Wallgate were canceled Saturday morning, with the line between Hazel Grove in Stockport and Buxton also blocked.

Northern said services running to and from these stations would be canceled or terminated at and started back from Hazel Grove and Wigan.

On the roads, the A640 Huddersfield Road remained closed in both directions, from Bethany Lane, Rochdale, to the A672 Ripponden Road at Denshaw Crossroads, Oldham, due to snow.

The eastbound access road M62 was closed due to snow at junction three of the A627 (M) in Rochdale.

The A58 Halifax Road was blocked in both directions due to snow from the B6225 Canal Street in Littleborough to the B6113 Elland Road in the Rippond.

A fallen tree also blocked the A34 Kingsway near Mauldeth Road in Manchester.

Many Pennine and Peak District routes were said to be ‘impassable’.

Police have urged motorists to avoid all ‘unnecessary travel’ north of Derbyshire, with roads closed due to ‘treacherous conditions’.

The Lancashire Fire Service reported participating in a number of overnight incidents, including damaged buildings and felled trees.

At the national level, people were still advised today to travel only if absolutely necessary, and the Met Office described overnight gusts as “harmful” and having affected “a broad piece of the UK”.

In Northern Ireland, a man was killed when his car was hit by a falling tree in Antrim county on Friday.

Inverbervie on the north east coast of Scotland experienced gusts of 78 mph, while Aberporth in Wales experienced speeds of 77 mph.

Roads were closed by debris in the worst-affected parts of Scotland, while LNER train services north of Newcastle also stopped with strong winds, heavy rain and snowfall arriving from Friday afternoon.

The Met Office warned that north-east England, north-west England, Yorkshire, the West Midlands and East Midlands will experience cold weather until Monday.

Amber weather warnings remain in place until around noon. 9 a.m. on Saturday for the north-east coasts of England and Scotland and the south-west coasts of England and Wales, while the yellow warning covers most of the UK until 6 p.m.

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