Gusts of almost 70mph were recorded in Cumbria this morning.

Data from the Met Office show that winds of 69mph hit Great Dun Fell, east of Penrith, about 7am today.

This was combined with temperatures of -0.5C.

Meanwhile an eastern strip of the county is once again being placed on alert for snow and ice.

The Met Office yesterday issued a yellow warning saying higher ground could be hit by between 5cm and 10cm.

It comes into effect at 5pm tomorrow and ceases at 9am on Saturday morning.

The prospect of more snow will be bad news for many in the county as some communities are still trying to fully recover from the extreme conditions brought by the Beast from the East earlier this month.

It brought much of Cumbria to a standstill as several inches of snow fell in some locations.

Speaking of the latest warning, a Met Office spokesman said: "A band of rain and hill snow will increasingly turn to snow on lower levels through Friday evening and overnight into Saturday.

"This band will gradually ease during Saturday morning as it moves south-westwards, allowing ice to form as it clears.

"Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services. Icy patches are likely on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths."