It put the authorities at loggerheads with drivers caught up in the chaos, who expressed their anger. National Highways’ North West Twitter account had directed motorists to the M62 only hours earlier.
‘It’s scary, thinking you are going to spend the night in the car’
Kelly-Marie Prentice, who was stuck on the M62 along with “hundreds and hundreds” of others for six hours with her 15-year-old son amid deep snow, criticised on Sky “we haven’t heard a great deal” in the way of updates and only received an update from police three hours into being stuck.
Kim Ward, was on her way home to Halifax from a concert in Manchester with her family overnight, and said she was still stranded on Friday morning.
After diverting onto an A road, she said: “Next thing we knew mountain rescue were knocking on the window with their torches. They brought us here this morning… It’s scary, thinking you are going to actually spend the night here in the car.”
The wintry weather is forecast to continue, with further Met Office yellow warnings for snow and ice in force across the Midlands, northern England, North Wales and Scotland this weekend.
Jonathan Vautrey, a Met Office forecaster, told The Telegraph England would reach lows of -10C this weekend and the whole of the country will be hit by a second Arctic blast next week which will bring further snowfall in parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Met Office said: “Early next week, a broad pattern is emerging which is likely to see a return to colder conditions during late Monday and early Tuesday.”