Wintry weather puts end to planned Cumbria power cut

Ivegill near Carlisle
Image caption Workmen brave the snow to work on overhead cables

A planned power cut in south Cumbria has been postponed due to the sub-zero temperatures.

Electricity North West had planned to switch off the power to homes in Casterton to carry out work on overhead power cables on Thursday.

Similar work was carried out at Ivegill near Carlisle on Wednesday when supplies were interrupted.

But the company has now called off the planned work in Casterton and it will be carried out at a later date.

Meanwhile, the wintry weather is continuing to cause disruption in Cumbria with schools closed and problems on the roads.

About 30 schools were forced to close because of dangerous conditions.

A number of high passes remain closed, including Kirkstone and Hartside, and drivers in the county have also been hit by the closure of the A66 at Bowes.

Temperatures plummeted in the early hours, dropping to -9C (16F) in Shap and -8C (18F) in Carlisle with nowhere expected to rise above freezing.

Forecasters said there would be more snow later, particularly in eastern parts of the county and on higher ground.

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