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Warnings continue over icy roads

Motorists across the north of England are being urged to take extra care as ice continues to affect the roads.

The Met Office, which has issued a severe weather warning for the North East, says widespread icy conditions are likely to last well into Thursday.

In Cumbria, an eight-vehicle crash shut the A66 westbound at Stainmore on Wednesday evening.

The Highways Agency said drivers should check road conditions before setting off and be prepared for delays.

A spokesman added: "Remember that local conditions, such as bends and overhanging trees, can mean that road surfaces may need you to drive with care even after they have been treated with salt.

"Drivers are advised to take additional care, in particular leaving sufficient distance between vehicles so that they can brake and stop safely."

Snow is forecast for the North over the next few days, along with some very low overnight temperatures.

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