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Snowfall causes traffic problems

Nuttall Park, Ramsbottom
The snow has mostly affected hilly areas

Ice and snowfall has been causing problems for motorists in parts of Greater Manchester.

Up to two inches (5cm) of snow fell on higher ground in the east overnight, with Oldham and Middleton bearing the brunt of the flurries.

In one incident, a car crashed into a house in Grimshaw Lane, Middleton. Police said no-one was injured.

Hazardous driving conditions have also been reported in Saddleworth, Shaw, Mossley, Rochdale, Bury and Bolton.

A number of schools in Bolton, Oldham, Bury, Middleton and Mossley have been closed for the day.

Congested routes

The Highways Agency said there were delays on the M62, M61 and the A56 southbound from Rawtenstall into Ramsbottom.

Motorists abandoned cars in the Ramsbottom area after routes to the M66 and into Bury became congested.

The band of sleet and snow fell overnight, particularly affecting hilly areas.

BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry said it was expected to clear later, leaving sunnier conditions.

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