Lancashire braced for more snow and ice as Met Office issues yellow weather warning

The Met Office has warned disruption is likely with snow and ice set to hit parts of Lancashire this week.

Monday, 1st February 2021, 1:09 pm

Blizzards bringing up to 20cm of snow are set to blast across a swathe of Britain this week, with yet more ice and snow forecast for the majority of the county.

Forecasters warn the wintry weather, which is predicted to hit from 10pm today (February 1) until 11.59pm on Tuesday (February 2), could bring travel disruption, power cuts and a chance of injuries from slips and falls.

The warning covers large parts of the county, including Preston, Chorley, Leyland, Ormskirk, Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen, Rossendale, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Morecambe, South Ribble, Pendle and the Ribble Valley.

The Fylde coast, including Blackpool, Lytham, Fleetwood, as well as Southport, are not covered by the warning.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "As rain pushes northeast and comes into contact with cold air, it will readily turn to snow away from eastern coastal districts.

"1-3cm of snow is likely across some low ground, with 5-10cm in places across southern Scotland and above 150m over northern England. 20 cm of snow could affect the highest level routes (above 300-400m), where drifting and temporary blizzard conditions may occur.

"Snow is likely to to turn to rain later on Tuesday across much of northern England. As well as snow, some freezing rain is possible for parts of northern England. Should this occur widespread icy stretches would form."

More ice and snow has been forecast for the majority of the county.

Here's what to expect, according to the Met Office:

- Possible travel delays on roads, stranding some vehicles and passengers, particularly on higher level routes across the Southern Uplands and Pennines

- Bus and train services potentially delayed or cancelled. Possible delays or cancellations to air travel

- Some higher rural communities could become cut off

- Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected

- A chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, with some pavements and cycle paths perhaps almost impassable

Here is the full weather forecast for Lancashire this week:

Today (February 1):

After a frosty start, Monday looks to be a fine winter's day: remaining dry with sunny spells for many and light winds. Turning slightly cloudy in the north by the afternoon. Feeling chilly. Maximum temperature 6 °C.

Tonight (February 1):

A dry evening, with increasing levels of cloud and wind. Rain, occasionally heavy, moves northeast across the region during the small hours, turning to snow away from immediate coasts. Minimum temperature 0 °C.

Tuesday (February 2):

Windy throughout, with risks of icy stretches and coastal gales. Widespread rain and snow clears, leaving an unsettled mix of bright spells and heavy, blustery showers. Turning widespread again later. Maximum temperature 8 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday (February 3 - February 5):

Remaining rather cold with outbreaks of rain throughout. Snow likely on Wednesday, and a smaller dusting expected Thursday. Winds strengthen Friday.