Severe weather alert for north of England

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NEAABE120214c1, M1 motorway near junction 26

Road users are warned to be careful amid forecasts of strong winds across the north of England.

The Highways Agency has issued a warning, telling drivers who plan to set out on journeys to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel overnight tonight.

A Severe Weather Alert is given for high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and other vulnerable vehicles which are advised to be particularly careful when travelling due to the increased risk of vehicles being blown over.

Surface water on roads has caused problems across the Yorkshire and Humberside region. Humberside fire service has had to deal with a high volume of calls and has prioritised incidences where properties are flooding.

The Highways Agency, which is responsible for the motorways and other major roads in England, is working closely with the Met Office to monitor the weather conditions, maintain safe roads and ensure reliable journeys.

Drivers are asked to plan ahead for their journey before they set out, checking the forecast, road conditions and to leave extra time if travel conditions are poor or to delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

Up-to-date information on road conditions on England’s motorways and trunk roads is available on the Agency website at or by calling 0300 123 5000. For information on weather conditions, visit the Met Office website