Caught on camera: white-out on M62 leaves thousands stranded overnight

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Parts of motorway remain closed

DRIVERS HAVE been sharing their experiences of tackling the M62 in blizzard-like conditions, as parts of the motorway between Leeds and Manchester remain closed due to snow and ice making for treacherous driving conditions.

Highways England called in the military for help, after thousands of people found themselves stuck on the M62 for up to 11 hours, leaving many to have to sleep in their cars.

The extreme winter weather has been caused by combination of the so-called Beast from the East and Storm Emma, which have created chaos across the UK.

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Highways England says that closures remain in force between junction 20 (Rochdale) and junction 24 (Huddersfield). Road closures are causing traffic delays across the wider surrounding area.

One traffic police officer captured the moment that the weather turned on drivers, as he patrolled the M62.

One minute the road surface is clean, the route ahead is clear and visibility is fine; the next drivers experience a white-out and the road is swamped by snow.

Carl Drennan, a truck driver, offered those stuck around him food and drink.

This driver begged for drinks for her sick twins:

Some drivers just wanted information.

Several drivers caught the moment a rescue services vehicle burned to the ground, moments after it had been helping tow vehicles to safety.

Overnight, temperatures fell to -8C. Winds of up to 80mph threaten to bring more snow throughout the day. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the Greater Manchester area.

Members of the local community brought food and drinks to those who were stranded on the M62. Schools remain closed and public transport services are severely disrupted.

This morning the police advised motorists to avoid the area: “Do not travel unless absolutely necessary… Anyone travelling to Manchester should follow only the marked diversion route and not sat navs; allow plenty of time for journeys.”

However, the Met Offcie says that by the weekend, the weather will have improved and temperatures are set to rise, bringing an end to the difficult conditions.