DRIVERS have been urged to take care travelling today after a sharp frost hit Cumbria overnight.

Motorists were forced to grab their de-icer cans after temperatures dropped as low as -3 Celsius in parts, causing icy stretches on the county’s roads.

Slippery conditions on the A591 caused an accident on Rydal Road, Ambleside, and queueing traffic.

The A595 and A66 were also reported as being hazardous.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: “Motorists are being advised to take extra care and time with their journeys as colder weather overnight has resulted in icy conditions on the roads.

“Patches of ice are on the roads and people are advised to take their time, keep a safe breaking distance from the car in front and reduce their speed.”