Highways Agency issues high winds warning

The Highways Agency is advising road users to drive with caution as winds of up to 70mph are expected in several regions on Thursday (5 December) – during and beyond the morning rush hour.?

The Agency has issued an amber alert warning drivers in the North East, North West, East Midlands and West Midlands that high winds of up to 70mph are forecast from the early hours of the morning and through till 5pm.

Road users driving high-sided vehicles, riding motorcycles or towing caravans are being urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys.

Met Office forecasters based in the Agency’s National Traffic Operations Centre are predicting a gale force westerly wind in the Pennines during the early hours of Thursday, which will become more widespread and strengthen throughout the morning. The North Midlands and Norfolk will also be affected.

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