Met Office weather warning updated as more snow, ice and sleet forecast for Lancashire

A weather warning for ice has been updated by the Met Office who predict more wintry shows will hit Lancashire this week.

Thursday, 7th January 2021, 2:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th January 2021, 2:32 pm

The warning, which was originally in place from 5pm tomorrow (January 7) until 11am on Friday (January 8), has been updated to a dual snow and ice warning which will now last until 11.59pm on Friday (January 8).

Weather experts predict wintry showers will fall onto frozen surfaces across the county, resulting in "slippery conditions and perhaps some disruption to travel."

Freezing fog patches are also likely to appear, causing some areas to have visibility less than 100m at times.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "The warning has been updated to make this a dual snow/ice warning with the area extended southwards across more of central and southwest England. The warning end time has also been delayed until the end of Friday."

They added: "Showers, a mixture of rain sleet and snow, are expected to fall onto frozen surfaces leading to icy stretches forming. In addition, a more persistent spell of rain and hill snow is likely to move south across northern England and north Wales during Thursday evening and night.

"This then gradually moving into parts of central and southwest England and southeast Wales on Friday. Whilst ice is expected to be the most widespread hazard, snow is likely in places too. Snow is most likely to fall over The Pennines, North York Moors and the high ground of Wales and southwest England, with 2-5 cm possible here.

"Elsewhere, whilst some snowfall is possible, accumulations are likely to be slight and temporary. Freezing fog patches are also likely to persist and may prove an additional hazard with areas of visibility less than 100 m at times."

Weather experts predict wintry showers will fall onto frozen surfaces across the county.

The warning covers all of the county, including Preston, Lancaster, Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, South Ribble, Ribble Valley, West Lancashire, Chorley, Rossendale, Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle.

Here's what to expect:

- Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces

- Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths

- Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services

Here is the full Met Office weather forecast for the North West:

Today (January 7):

A frosty and bright start, though some areas may see freezing fog patches that are slow to clear. Things soon turn cloudier, however, as a band of precipitation moves south - giving outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow. Feeling cold. Maximum temperature 4°C.

Tonight (January 7):

Outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow continue to move southwards through the night. Widespread frost is expected, locally severe over any snow cover, and turning icy in places. Minimum temperature -4°C.

Friday (January 8):

A cloudy day, with a continued risk of ice in the morning. Further wintry outbreaks are expected to continue through the day, but clear into the night. Remaining cold. Maximum temperature 4°C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday (January 9 - January 11):

Frosty and dry, with sunny spells Saturday. Milder temperatures into Sunday, as it becomes cloudier with outbreaks of drizzle. Turning unsettled Monday afternoon, with stronger winds and persistent rain.

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