UPDATE: Ice warning for Cumbria and Lancashire as power returns to 8,000 homes following severe gales

UPDATE: Ice warning for Cumbria and Lancashire as power returns to 8,000 homes following severe gales

Kirkstone Pass on Wednesday.

Damage caused to wall outside The Waterside Cafe, Kendal

Fallen power lines in Arnside, which caused loss of electricity in the area

A fallen tree which caused widespread blackouts in Cumbria, courtesy of Electricity North West

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THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice across north Lancashire and south Cumbria for this evening and Sunday morning.

Experts have warned motorists to be aware of slippery surfaces when driving.

The warning is in place from 8pm tonight until 10am on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, power has been restored to all homes affected by this week's gales.

Electricity North West said more than 8,000 homes were affected in the county since the wind's peak on Wednesday night - but all had been restored by Saturday morning.

Yesterday The Met Office issued a yellow warning of snow in the North West - which was valid until 11.45pm.

The snow shut roads across the region including Wrynose Pass, which runs between the Duddon Valley and Little Langdale, and Hardknott Pass in the Eskdale Valley.

The B6270 from Nateby in North Yorkshire and the B6277 between Alston, in north Cumbria, and Durham have also been closed by police.

Train services through Cumbria, between Manchester and Carlisle, were delayed by up to an hour on Thursday because of an obstruction on the line between Preston and Lancaster.

The damage also led to some primary being forced to close due to loss of power and heat.

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Lindal and Marton school was shut on Friday because of electricity problems.

Cumbria County Council tweeted Thursday morning to say Dent C of E Primary School and Greengate School, Barrow, were both shut.

On Wednesday, the area was battered by 80mph gales which caused damage to power lines and left thousands of homes in darkness in Kendal, Silverdale, Windermere, Cark and Grange.

Wind speeds of up to 112mph were recorded at Great Dun Fell and at 9pm two lorries overturned between junctions 38 and 39 of the southbound M6.

It followed a rare ‘red’ warning from the Met Office, which said high wind speeds could cause power outages and damage in the North West.

At around 11pm on Wednesday Kendal Town Councillor, Phillip Walker, took to Twitter to say half a roof had appeared in his Buttermere Drive, Kendal, garden.

“It looks like a conservatory," he said. "It flew between two houses and our carport into our garden."

He said the other half was on nearby Esthwaite Avenue.

On Thursday afternoon South Lakes MP Tim Farron issued a 'thank you' for the 'herculean efforts' of Electricity North West engineers.

Advice from the Environment Agency now includes:

FLOOD ALERTS

* Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water

* Lower River Eden

* Middle River Eden

* Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster

WARNINGS NO LONGER IN FORCE

* North Morecambe Bay including Roosebeck, Canal Foot, East Plain Farm, Arnside

* South Morecambe Bay

* St Bees including Maryport, Flimby, Workington and Whitehaven

* Upper River Eden

Anybody with pictures of the weather or the damage it caused is asked to send them to tom.murphy@nqnw.co.uk.

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