Numerous high passes are still closed in the Lake District following this week's ice and snow.

Hardknott Pass is closed due to snow between the Wrynose Pass and Austhwaite Brow. The road will not reopen until conditions improve.

Corney Fell Road is closed due between Duddon Bridge and Ravenglass.

Cold Fell Road is closed due to snow between Calder Bridge and Ennerdale Bridge.

Newlands Pass is closed due to snow between Derwentwater and Buttermere.

Honister Pass is closed due to snow from the Seathwaite turn off to the Keswick turn off.

Birker Fell is closed both ways due to snow between Ulpha (Eskdale) and Ulpha (Ulpha).

Two boilers have broken due to a power surge, causing the transformers to burn out at Sandage School in Kendal. It is hoped that parts will arrive on Monday afternoon.

The issue affects half of the school's Sandylands Site. Two classes have been moved to to alternative rooms, but three classes do not have a warm base so have close until Tuesday morning. The classes are Catbells, Bessyboot and Sallows.


The AA has advised drivers to prepare in advance of freezing conditions.

The AA’s George Flinton said: “Preparation is key for winter driving, so it’s well worth taking some time to make sure you, your family and your car are prepared.

“Check the washer fluid levels are topped up with a good quality low-temperature resistance additive to reduce the risk of freezing and make sure all your lights are working and clean, so you can see and be seen.

The police are equally urging drivers to take care in the colder conditions.

Sergeant Paul Brown from Cumbria Police said: “We urge the public before they start your journey to check the weather forecast, check our website and social media for the latest information on the roads and any closures in place.

“If the forecast is bad, our advice is simple, please consider whether your journey is essential.

“If not, then take the safe option and avoid travelling until the weather conditions improve.

“In wintery conditions, it is essential that motorists drive in accordance with the conditions.

“Lower your speed and set more time for your journey.

“It is much more important that you arrive safely than it is quickly.

"We would urge people who do go out to drive slowly, with caution and to the conditions they face the road and make sure your vehicle is in good working condition, if it’s not it can lead to fatal consequences.”