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A57 Snake Pass
Updated: 7:05pm
This Winter
Closed: 0.00%
Open: 100.00%

Snake Pass Open

Weather Now
Mist and Fog
Met Office Warnings: Fog
Gritting in Progress

Winter Watch
Icy ≈ 9pm today

M60 & M56 to Airport
Some Flight Disruption

On Pass Traffic
Through Traffic M60-A61
No Reports

The pass is open, but take account of the weather. Please take care and have a safe journey this evening

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DCC Gritting

Started 4:00pm
Updated: 7:02pm

Adverse Weather Now

Summit & Glossop Side
Until ≈ 9pm

Based on Met Office, Highways and independent weather stations located at Ashopton, Bamford, Glossop, Summit @ 6:53pm

Adverse Weather Forecast

ICE RISK ≈ 9pm today

Based on Met Office amalgamated forecasts for Hattersley, Hollingworth, Glossop, Crowden, Snake Pass, Bleaklow, Featherbed Moss, Kinder, Derwent Valley, Howden Moor and Hathersage. Updated at 6:38pm

Start times are approximations and are likely to change as the forecast develops

Tomorrow's Pass Forecast

3:46pm Fog patches forming in valleys overnight, with clear spells and a frost in places, but rather a lot of high cloud. Then a chilly start with patchy fog in valleys, but generally dry and bright with some hazy sunshine. High cloud tending to break up by the afternoon to leave longer sunny spells. Then clear periods in evening with patchy fog returning

Need to Know

Safety Cameras

The location of mobile safety camera vans is being withheld from publication this month


Traffic towards Manchester
Sheffield Ring Rd to M60

No Westbound Delays

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to Sheffield Ring Rd

No Eastbound Delays

Manchester Airport

Delays and cancellations to/from Manchester International Airport due to visibility. Passengers should check the status of their flight before travelling..


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

Motorway Improvement Works

Current Closures: M4

Events Today

Event City


Snake or Woodhead?

The Snake Pass accident rate is 1.48 times higher than the Woodhead Pass

Dangerous Overtaking

Many of the 18 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months were caused by inappropriate overtaking

Remember, if you have to drive all thirteen miles of the pass at just 30mph, the most this will delay you by is around seven minutes

Speed Limit

The speed limit on the pass is 50mph

Deep Pot Holes

Some deep and damaging pot holes have developed along the whole length of the pass during the recent bad weather

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

Report an injured animal to the police, who will contact the local person best able to help at the roadside. Do not approach injured animals as they may be dangerous. Nearby animals may also try to protect an injured member of their group

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

Good to Know

Planned Trunk Closures

M56 WB 9pm Mon 20 Jan

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

Road Policing

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

Traffic Reports

A57 Snake Pass
Glossop to Ladybower

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

Historical Data

Serious Accidents

There have been 18 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 20 days

In the past year the pass has closed on 3 occasions due to accidents

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Sunday 10th November


First Winter Snow: Sun 27 Oct 2019
First Winter Ice: Mon 28 Oct 2019

Last Winter Snow: Fri 17 Jan 2020
Last Winter Ice: Sun 19 Jan 2020

Snow Closures

Over the winter (Nov 19 - Mar 20) the pass has not closed due to snow. It has therefore been kept open to traffic for 100.00% of the time

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

About this Page

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 the purposes or reports on this page, we define the Pass as the section of road between the Royal Oak Inn at Glossop and the Ladybower Reservoir at Ashopton

Always referred to as the Snake Pass, its official name is Snake Road

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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 there is a speed restriction of 50mph between Glossop and Ladybower

A section of the pass alongside Ladybower Reservoir is a clearway

How this page works

Our systems 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 information updated on the page every couple of minutes

The page is fully automated. We don't stand around with a clipboard waiting for something to happen, but we are usually available to respond to traffic reports direct from drivers on the pass


The pass rises to nearly 1700ft at its exposed summit, so it's frequently affected by snow and ice in winter, fog and strong winds all year round

Because travel over the pass is so weather dependent, we take live reports from multiple sources to update drivers about conditions now and in the future

We combine data from the Met Office, highways sensors and independent weather stations, all between Manchester & Sheffield, to keep our pages automatically updated

It is acknowledged that using worst-case scenarios can over-emphasise poor weather, but we feel the advantages of using so many data sources outweigh the occasional exaggeration of current weather conditions

Winter Closures

The Snake Pass has a reputation for closing at first sight of a single snowflake, but this is a complete fallacy

Admittedly, it may seem strange that the pass is closed when both Glossop and Ladybower are basking in winter sunshine. However, conditions on the pass can be completely different just a few hundred feet higher on the exposed, steep & winding sections over the summit

Additionally, as a named transpennine 'A' road, closures are always reported on TV, radio & in the press, while other local closures usually go un-reported

In our experience the pass is rarely closed due to snow until significant difficulties arise and vehicles crash, become stranded or are abandoned

In 2017/18 the pass was closed on fourteen occasions but kept open for over 89% of the winter

In 2018/19 is was closed six times but kept open for nearly 97% of the winter

The pass does close in winter, but not as often as is thought
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