Blizzard conditions hit region

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DRIVERS are being warned to take caution on the roads around Ripley, Heanor and Belper today - after more than 5cm of snow fell in the region this morning.

The arctic conditions are set to turn to rain by the afternoon.

Major roads are currently open.

An accident on the M1 northbound at the Ripley turn off, junction 26, caused tailbacks this morning. Traffic has slowed to 30mph on parts of the motorway.

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