The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning and level two alert for snow, strong winds and cold temperatures for the North West this week.
Public Health England are urging the public to take care as temperatures are expected to drop to 2C or below over the next 48 hours.
Snow showers may develop during Wednesday (January, 28) and into Thursday which will bring strong gusty winds with it.
Today, (January, 27) the Met Office has issued a level two cold weather alert across the North West which means there is at least 60 per cent chance of severe weather.
Accumulating snow may last until the end of the week and the Met Office is warning drivers to take care as temporary blizzards will reduce visibility.
Eddy Carroll, chief meteorologist, at the Met Office, said: “A cold front is expected to cross the UK during Wednesday, introducing much colder conditions to central and northern England in particular.
“Very strong winds will accentuate the cold. Snow showers are likely in most areas, but especially the North West where significant accumulations are likely to build up, especially in hilly areas.”
Dr Angie Bone, head of the extreme events team at Public Health England, said: “In this sort of weather we know that older people and people in poor health tend to stay indoors.
“While this is sensible, it’s worth remembering these people may need help getting to a hospital or GP appointment, with shopping or prescription fetching, or just someone to talk to. If you know someone in this situation, and most of us do, think about what you can you do to help out.”