UPDATED: Strong winds warning lifted but drivers still urged to take extra care

Blustery showers in Hebden Bidge.
Blustery showers in Hebden Bidge.

The Highways Agency has lifted its amber alert for strong winds but is still asking drivers to be vigilant on roads around Calderdale.

With strong westerly winds and widespread gusts of 50 mph forecast, the agency had issued an amber alert for Yorkshire motorways from 10am until 7pm.

But as wind speeds are decreasing, the agency says it is lifting the warning but still urging drivers to heed warning signs and advisory speed limits.

And it says drivers of vulnerable vehicles such as lorries, motorcycles or those towing caravans, shuld continue to drive with extra caution.

Those drivers were earlier being advised to avoid the M62 between junction 23 at Huddersfield and junction 24 at Brighouse if possible.

Steve Crosthwaite, head of the agency’s national traffic operations centre, said: “We advise road users to plan their journeys, check road conditions and weather forecasts before travelling and to allow extra time to complete their journeys.

“Our traffic officers are constantly monitoring the network and are ready to respond to any incidents.”

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind all day today.

The exit slip of junction 40 of the southbound M1 near Wakefield had to close after a lorry overturned on the roundabout at the top of the slip road at 11am, causing congestion.