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Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the North West, Yorkshire and North East road network tonight and through to tomorrow morning. Unforecast snowfall early this morning has already affected driving conditions in localised areas.
The Manchester area has been the most affected so far, with driving conditions on the M6, M62 and M60 needing careful handling by drivers. More snow is forecast for this evening.
The Met Office has forecast that wintry showers, continuing during Friday and overnight, will lead to the possibility of ice forming as temperatures fall this evening and overnight. This will occur primarily on untreated surfaces but perhaps also where grit is washed off by frequent showers. 1-3 cm of snow may accumulate on hills above around 200 meters and more than 5 cm above 400 meters. Some of the heaviest showers could produce slushy conditions even at low levels. Please be aware of possible tricky travel conditions.
Snow may settle in places where grit is not worked into the carriageway by regular traffic. This happens when traffic levels are very light overnight.