Motorists are being warned to take extra care across Greater Manchester after a torrential weather forecast was issued for the North West by the Met Office.
July’s monthly rainfall average will pour down on the city in just 24 hours and drivers should be careful in the horrendous conditions said the Highways Agency.
Train users are also caught in the disruption after services from Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Airport were cancelled due to severe flooding, but bus services are in being used in place.
There will be road patrols responding to incidents while the RCC will be monitoring CCTV cameras, answering emergency telephone calls and setting advisory signs for drivers to warn of spray and other road conditions.
John McTaggart, head of on road traffic operations for the North said: "Traffic Officers will be working flat out over the weekend to help clear incidents on the motorway network as soon as possible as well as using our network of electronic signs to give drivers advice about conditions.
"But drivers have a part to play too and we urge them to drive to conditions by slowing down in the wet and rain, using their vehicle lights to improve visibility and leaving extra room for braking.
"Drivers should also try to plan their journeys including checking weather and traffic conditions before setting out."
Yesterday the Met Office issued an Amber Warning across Greater Manchester as there is a risk of flooding and further disruption expected.
Matt Sweeting, the Highways Agency's regional Service Delivery Manager for the North West, said: "Our contractors have an established and comprehensive inspection and maintenance regime for our drainage systems along our motorways and major A roads.
“Our operators will also be out around the clock this weekend monitoring conditions and clearing drains or pools of water as quickly as possible.
"There are times during sudden and torrential downpours when standing water can collect on carriageways and residual water can result in very thick spray.
“Drivers should slow down in wet conditions and take extra care. Driving too quickly through water can cause aquaplaning and loss of control of your vehicle which can lead to accidents."
The Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website www.highways.gov.uk/traffic and weather advice is available at www.metoffice.gov.uk.