Coronation Street filming has been suspended as a result of heavy snow.

Poor weather prevented essential crew and cast members from reaching the studios in central Manchester, and the conditions meant it was not possible to film outside.

The spokeswoman said it was “very rare” for shooting to be suspended on the show, set in the fictional location of Weatherfield.

“It has to be very extreme for us to stop,” she added.

Shooting also largely ground to a halt on Leeds-based soap Emmerdale.

A spokeswoman for the ITV1 show said: “We have three directors working at a time, and two can’t work because they were filming outside. Ninety-five per cent of cast members didn’t make it in.”

She said the break in filming was unlikely to have a serious effect on the programme.

“Because it’s the beginning of the year, filming can be jigged around,” she added.

Another soap, Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, was also affected by the conditions.

Only one of the five shoots planned for Tuesday was able to go ahead at the Lime Pictures studio in Childwall, Liverpool.

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