Snow and ice hits Lancashire as Met Office issues another weather warning

The Met Office has issued another snow and ice warning covering the whole of Lancashire with temperatures set to plunge.

Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 12:16 pm

The warning comes after residents across Lancashire woke up to find snow and ice, with the conditions causing difficult driving conditions in parts of Burnley and on the M65.

Meteorologists have now warned the freezing conditions are set to continue with more snow and ice set to arrive later today and tomorrow.

The first yellow weather warning for ice is in place from 6pm today (December 29) until 10am tomorrow (December 30).

A second yellow weather warning for snow, which covers all of Lancashire, has also been put in place from 6pm tomorrow (December 30) until 2pm tomorrow morning (December 31).

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "Showers are likely to merge into an area of rain, sleet and snow which is expected to move south across parts of eastern Scotland, northern and western England, and perhaps the far east of Wales overnight Wednesday, and through Thursday morning.

"Not all locations within this area will see snow, and indeed where it does snow it will not be snowing through the entire warning period. Accumulations of 1-3 cm are most likely, with larger accumulations (most likely 5-10 cm) confined to ground above 200 metres.

"Snow at low levels will quickly turn to rain across Scotland during early Thursday, becoming confined to ground above 500 metres. It will also steadily turn to rain at lower levels further south through the rest of the day whilst petering out."

The warning comes after residents across Lancashire woke up to find snow and ice.

The Met Office has forecast that temperatures could drop to as low as -5C in Rossendale, while Burnley and Blackburn could see the mercury plummet to -3 by the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Morecambe and Preston will see temperatures of -2C, while the Met Office has forecast -1C for Blackpool and Skelmersdale.

Here's what the Met Office says 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 are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

- Some higher routes across Scotland and northwest England may briefly become impassable early Thursday morning.

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