More snow set to cause problems this evening on the roads

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Snow has continued to fall today, making road conditions hazardous across Bolton.

Snow and gale force winds returned to Bolton today, less than a fortnight after blizzard conditions brought disruption to schools, airports and traffic networks.

Poor driving by some motorists made the road networks worse this morning with jams reported on the A666 and parts of Farnworth. Gritters had been out in Bolton yesterday evening and overnight.

A man died when his lorry overturned on the M60.

Road experts have warned people to be careful when driving home.

Up to 10cm of snow has been predicted to fall along with 60mph to 70mph winds, as experts warned that temperatures were set to continue plummeting throughout the week.

Tailbacks on the A666 stretched back from the M60 across the town centre towards Blackburn this morning.

The M60 was closed between Junction 19 and Junction 20, near Heaton Park, at around 6.10am until 8.30am after a large van was overturned.

A man was rescued from underneath the van by fire fighters and was taken to hospital with serious injuries. He later died.

Traffic was also gridlocked along the A666, A682 and A56 caused by ice and snow.

Planes at Manchester Airport were temporarily grounded due to the weather but services are now back to normal.

Bosses decided to halt operations at 8am to allow snow and ice to be removed from the runways after poor weather overnight.

There was also queueing traffic on M62 eastbound between Junction 7, A57 and Junction 12, M60 at the Eccles Interchange because of an accident involving two cars earlier on.

Matrix signs are currently set to 40mph.

Stephen Davenport, senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Over the next 24 hours we'll see localised snow storms By the end of the week there could be more snow storms around.

Snow storms brought parts of Bolton to a standstill at the end of January. Hundreds of drivers were forced to spend the night in their cars on the M6 in Lancashire after more than a foot of snow fell.

The cold snap was followed by widespread floods caused by melting snow and heavy rain.

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12:55pm Tue 5 Feb 13

tracy1000 says...

not surprised there were accidents the way some were driving this morning. There was snow on the carriageways and people were belting along at high speed
not surprised there were accidents the way some were driving this morning. There was snow on the carriageways and people were belting along at high speed tracy1000
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2:29pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Misnomer says...

I set out for work at 6.50 this morning, went about a mile and a half and decided that home was the safest place for me today. I had enough last Friday night.
I set out for work at 6.50 this morning, went about a mile and a half and decided that home was the safest place for me today. I had enough last Friday night. Misnomer
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3:41pm Tue 5 Feb 13

zoomzam says...

It took me 2 hours to do one mile this morning. Gridlock around Worsley/M60.
Same is going to happen this evening. These 4x4's think they own the roads! Is it necessary to use a 4x4 to drop a child off at school which is walking distance away! Sheer laziness and madness! And wherefore art thou Gritters!
It took me 2 hours to do one mile this morning. Gridlock around Worsley/M60. Same is going to happen this evening. These 4x4's think they own the roads! Is it necessary to use a 4x4 to drop a child off at school which is walking distance away! Sheer laziness and madness! And wherefore art thou Gritters! zoomzam
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3:48pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Grumpyowd2hat says...

The standard of driving hit a new low this morning. The last time I looked the A666 was a 50 mph limit but you still had drivers screaming along at well over 70 as if it was a warm sunny day. No doubt if they create an accident it will be others who suffer. By the way if you're the driver of a white Fiat 500 on St Peter's way at about 6.40am this morning you are a ****ing idiot.
The standard of driving hit a new low this morning. The last time I looked the A666 was a 50 mph limit but you still had drivers screaming along at well over 70 as if it was a warm sunny day. No doubt if they create an accident it will be others who suffer. By the way if you're the driver of a white Fiat 500 on St Peter's way at about 6.40am this morning you are a ****ing idiot. Grumpyowd2hat
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4:39pm Tue 5 Feb 13

MarkAllRead says...

zoomzam wrote:
It took me 2 hours to do one mile this morning. Gridlock around Worsley/M60.
Same is going to happen this evening. These 4x4's think they own the roads! Is it necessary to use a 4x4 to drop a child off at school which is walking distance away! Sheer laziness and madness! And wherefore art thou Gritters!
I can't believe people are still moaning about 4x4s during the snow. These are often the only vehicles that can get around easily. How do you know these kids live walking distance away anyway? Have you been following them home?
[quote][p][bold]zoomzam[/bold] wrote: It took me 2 hours to do one mile this morning. Gridlock around Worsley/M60. Same is going to happen this evening. These 4x4's think they own the roads! Is it necessary to use a 4x4 to drop a child off at school which is walking distance away! Sheer laziness and madness! And wherefore art thou Gritters![/p][/quote]I can't believe people are still moaning about 4x4s during the snow. These are often the only vehicles that can get around easily. How do you know these kids live walking distance away anyway? Have you been following them home? MarkAllRead
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4:50pm Tue 5 Feb 13

127001 says...

I'm still wondering how 3cm of snow makes the whole town come to a standstill. Answers on a postcard.
I'm still wondering how 3cm of snow makes the whole town come to a standstill. Answers on a postcard. 127001
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5:01pm Tue 5 Feb 13

MarkAllRead says...

127001 wrote:
I'm still wondering how 3cm of snow makes the whole town come to a standstill. Answers on a postcard.
Because the roads are slippy. Deeper snow is actually less slippy.
[quote][p][bold]127001[/bold] wrote: I'm still wondering how 3cm of snow makes the whole town come to a standstill. Answers on a postcard.[/p][/quote]Because the roads are slippy. Deeper snow is actually less slippy. MarkAllRead
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6:03pm Tue 5 Feb 13

davoovad says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
127001 wrote:
I'm still wondering how 3cm of snow makes the whole town come to a standstill. Answers on a postcard.
Because the roads are slippy. Deeper snow is actually less slippy.
He said on a postcard !
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]127001[/bold] wrote: I'm still wondering how 3cm of snow makes the whole town come to a standstill. Answers on a postcard.[/p][/quote]Because the roads are slippy. Deeper snow is actually less slippy.[/p][/quote]He said on a postcard ! davoovad
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8:34pm Wed 6 Feb 13

mr.mark.c says...

zoomzam wrote:
It took me 2 hours to do one mile this morning. Gridlock around Worsley/M60.
Same is going to happen this evening. These 4x4's think they own the roads! Is it necessary to use a 4x4 to drop a child off at school which is walking distance away! Sheer laziness and madness! And wherefore art thou Gritters!
Are you saying that the 4x4's got stuck and blocked the way for your 2wd car?
Some people who drive 4x4's gave up there time and fuel to drive care workers about, making sure the elderly and disabled still got the help they need, they also took nurses and doctors to and from work.
I do not know where the word madness came from but I would rather be in a 4x4 than a 2wd car when the roads are covered in snow, so maybe you are the mad one ?
[quote][p][bold]zoomzam[/bold] wrote: It took me 2 hours to do one mile this morning. Gridlock around Worsley/M60. Same is going to happen this evening. These 4x4's think they own the roads! Is it necessary to use a 4x4 to drop a child off at school which is walking distance away! Sheer laziness and madness! And wherefore art thou Gritters![/p][/quote]Are you saying that the 4x4's got stuck and blocked the way for your 2wd car? Some people who drive 4x4's gave up there time and fuel to drive care workers about, making sure the elderly and disabled still got the help they need, they also took nurses and doctors to and from work. I do not know where the word madness came from but I would rather be in a 4x4 than a 2wd car when the roads are covered in snow, so maybe you are the mad one ? mr.mark.c
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