A major North East road has been closed due to heavy snow as the Met Office has issued multiple travel warnings.

National Highways have shut the A66 from Scotch Corner and Brough from 2pm as snow continues to fall across the North East.

A severe weather alert for snow in the Midlands and North East of England was issued today (Thursday, March 9).

National Highways has asked everyone travelling in these areas to consider if their journey is essential and to go prepared.

A spokesperson said: “Preparation includes enhanced around-the-clock vigilance and resourcing along key routes such as the M62, A628 and A66 trans-Pennine locations. 

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“For safety reasons, the decision has been taken to proactively close the A66.

“Snow is expected to be persistent and heavy from Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire northwards, with significant accumulations above 100-150 metres.”

It comes as warnings have been issued by the Met Office for drivers as ‘blizzards’ could be likely thanks to snow and strong winds.

An amber warning for snow continues to be in place for much of the North East and will continue to be in place until Friday 12pm.

Meanwhile, the forecaster has just extended its yellow warning for snow and ice hitting much of the North East and Northern England until 6am on Sunday morning.

The forecaster has warned of travel delays, cancellations for air travel and bus and train services being delayed as well.

Untreated roads and pavements are also at risk of becoming icy, making travel by car or walking treacherous.