EAST Lancashire woke up to a natural winter wonderland yesterday after a deep frost hit the region.

On one of the coldest mornings of the winter so far, temperatures dropped as low as minus six degrees in some areas.

Met Office forecasters said that while temperatures were likely to remain freezing on Thursday and Friday, the weekend was expected to be brighter.

The Met Office said that on Saturday temperatures could reach five degrees while it could be six degrees on Sunday.