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A57 Snake Pass

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Page updated: 5:08am

Snake Pass Open


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Ice Risk
Mist and Fog

Pass has been Gritted

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Minor WB Delays
Minor EB Delays
Note M62 closure

The pass is open, but take account of the weather

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Adverse Weather Now

Widespread ICE RISK
Road Surface Temp: –2.3°c
Falling to –7°c by 6am on Wednesday
Air Temp: ≈ 0°c

Extended Cold Spell
Temperatures (RST) on the pass are not forecast to rise above zero for at least another five days

FOG until ≈ 3am tomorrow
The cloud base is hovering around the summit level

Based on Met Office, Highways and independent weather stations located at Ashopton, Bamford, Holme Moss, Doctor’s Gate, Hathersage, Summit @ 4:54am

NB: The road surface temperature will generally be a few degrees colder than the air temperature shown on your dashboard or broadcast in weather forecasts

Adverse Weather Forecast

SNOW from ≈ 9pm tomorrow
HEAVY SNOW from ≈ 1am on Tuesday

Met Office Forecast @ 4:42am, approximate timings


Started: 1:53am
Completed: 3:43am

Remember, gritting does not guarantee there will be no ice on the pass

Today's Pass Forecast

4:04am A rather cloudy day, with summits often obscured. Some brighter spells developing around midday, before cloud thickens again from the northwest with a few outbreaks of rain sleet and perhaps summit snow during the evening. Freezing levels falling with these outbreaks, with some icy paths developing on the tops.

Westbound to Manchester
Minor WB Delays
1 hour 8 minutes
A57 Sheffield
Snake Pass
M67 Motorway
Eastbound to Sheffield
Minor EB Delays
1 hour 13 minutes
M67 Motorway
Snake Pass
A57 Sheffield

Reports that may result in extra traffic on the pass or influence your onward journey

Motorway Improvement Works

Current Closures: M62, M23

Matches & Events Today

Event City & John Smith Stadium

Dangerous Overtaking

Many of the 22 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months were caused by inappropriate overtaking

If you have to drive the whole length of the pass at just 30mph, the most you will be delayed by is around six minutes

Sheep & Deer on the Pass

As with all rural roads through open countryside, expect sheep, deer and other wild animals to be on the pass

Accidents involving sheep are covered by s170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and must be reported to the Police

Dead animals on the Snake should be reported to HPBC on 01298 28400, or the Police on 101 if a danger to traffic

Controlled Burning

Expect to see moorland burning until the controlled burning season ends on 15th April

If you see attended moorland fires, do not dial 999. If you are concerned, please contact 01332 861800 instead

Open/Closed Signs

Manually operated open/closed signs at fixed locations on the A57 & A6018 Tameside approach roads have not been in use for many years and should be disregarded

Media announcements, electronic signs, portable road closed barriers and/or manned closure points are now used to indicate the pass is closed

Live data feeds from relevant authorities ensure that this page always shows the official open/closed status of the pass. It was last closed on Saturday 19th January

Road Policing

Policing the pass is the responsibility of Derbyshire Constabulary, who may be contacted on 101 (or 999 in an emergency)

Detailed Reports

Manchester Connectors

A57 Glossop & Mottram, M67 Hyde & Denton, B6105 Torside, A624 Chunal & Peep o'Day
No reports

Yorkshire Connectors

A57 Sheffield, A6101 Rivelin Valley, A6013 Bamford, A6187 Castleton & Hathersage
No reports

Further Afield

Historical Data

Serious Accidents

There have been 22 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 16 days

Last Incident on Fri 18 Jan

Snow Hazard
A57 Snake Pass, Derbyshire
6:42pm 18-Jan - 8:54am 19-Jan
A57 Snake Pass closed due to snow hazard between Hurst Road, Glossop (Royal Oak) and A6013 Bamford (Ladybower Reservoir)

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Saturday 19th January

Snow Closures Winter 18/19

So far this winter (Nov-Mar) the pass has been closed for 14 hours due to snow. It has been kept open to traffic for 99.61% of the time

Fri 18 Jan 18:42 (14 hours)

E&OE: We compile these reports from live data automatically received from various organisations such as Elgin, TfGM, Highways England, motoring organisations, Local Authorities, the Met Office & the Police. We are unable to verify the accuracy or timeliness of any third party data or absence thereof. This site is, therefore, for information only

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About this Page

Part of Glossop Online's Traffic Section, this page provides the latest information for anyone planning a journey over the A57 Snake Pass

The Pass

The Snake Pass is a hill pass in the Derbyshire section of the Peak District, crossing the Pennines between Manchester and Sheffield. For our purposes, we define the Pass as the section of road between the Royal Oak Inn at Glossop and the Ladybower Reservoir at Ashopton


The pass is used to cross the pennines by - on average - 3984 vehicles per day, 135 of which are HGVs [2017]


There is no weight restriction for vehicles, but here is a speed restriction of 50mph between Glossop and Ladybower

Snake Pass from Glossop to Ladybower
Snake Pass from Glossop to Ladybower

How this page works

Our servers receive live data from various sources about any accidents, roadworks or other disruption throughout the region. This information is processed in real time and relevant reports sent to this page every minute. The page is fully automated - we don't stand around with a clipboard waiting for something to happen! Incidents, accidents and road closures rely on the Police, highways & local authorities reporting these in a timely manner. That said, experience shows most reports come through within just a few minutes

Bad Weather

The pass rises to nearly 1700ft at its exposed summit. It can frequently be affected by ice, snow, fog and strong winds

The pass is frequently closed in winter

When appropriate, we include severe weather warnings on this page and live adverse weather data from nearby weather stations. For advance planning, we also include details of any poor weather over the next few days when this is forecast by the Met Office Mountain Weather Service

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