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  • Snow is falling in East Lancashire.
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5:48pm

After a day of snow, roads in East Lancashire are likely to be treacherous tonight, so be careful on your way home.

The Met Office says heavy rain will arrive at around 9pm, clearing away most of the snow.

And it's likely to be milder tomorrow morning, with temperatures of around 6 centigrade.

Here's the latest weather forecast for the region:

 

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4:07pm

Snow and ice are causing problems on the roads in and around East Lancashire.

  • The Grane Road is currently closed due to snow.
  • Snow has caused lane closures on the M61 near Bolton.

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10:41am

Rawsons Rake in Ramsbottom has been closed due to snow.

More details here.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Snow is falling in East Lancashire earlier than forecast this morning.

Light snow was expected at around noon, turning to sleet later in the day.

Forecasters now say to expect heavy snowfall this morning, turning to rain by evening. Forecasters say there's a danger of ice tonight as rain falls on sub-zero surfaces.

No problems are currently reported on the region's transport network - but take care if you're out and about in the car or on foot this morning.

No school closures are currently reported.

5:46pm

Latest weather forecast for Wednesday

More snow is expected in East Lancashire from around noon on Wednesday, turning to sleet later in the day.

Temperatures will remain low all day, with gusts of wind reaching 50mph.

Western parts of Lancashire will see light snow earlier in the day, turning heavy at lunchtime.

Lancashire County Council is gritting the region's main routes this evening.

1:12pm

More snow expected in East Lancashire on Wednesday

The Met Office has issued another yellow warning for snow in East Lancashire on Wednesday.

A band of sleet and snow is expected parts of northern England from 6am to 6pm.

Accumulations of 2 to 6cm could occur on lower ground, with up to 10cm in hilly areas.

Rain is expected later in the day, so snow cover at low levels is likely to be temporary.

 

4:53pm

More snow expected in East Lancashire on Wednesday

The Met Office has issued another yellow warning for snow in East Lancashire on Wednesday.

A band of sleet and snow is expected parts of northern England from 6am to 6pm.

Accumulations of 2 to 6cm could occur on lower ground, with up to 10cm in hilly areas.

Rain is expected later in the day, so snow cover at low levels is likely to be temporary.

7:01am

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11

There's been some light snow in East Lancashire yesterday evening and overnight, but no problems are currently reported.

Traffic is flowing normally and no school closures have been reported.

There's a chance of ice, so take care if you're on the region's roads this morning.

Here's the weather forecast for today:

5:45pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Sleet, turning to snow on higher ground, is expected in East Lancashire overnight.

Gritters will be out on East Lancashire's roads tonight, but be careful when you're on the roads tomorrow morning.

Check this site on Monday morning for travel information and details of any school closures.

 

5:36pm

Here's the latest on the weather from Lancashire County Council:
 

10:08am

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 - WEEKEND WEATHER WARNING

East Lancashire can expect more cold weather over the next few days, with a yellow warning in place for snow on Sunday and Monday.

The Met Office predicted light rain and a few fog patches for Saturday with highs of 4C.

However, there could be gusts of up to 28mph on Sunday with temperatures falling to 1C.

Temperatures are likely to drop as low as -1C on Monday, but will feel like -4C because of the wind chill.

The weather warning is in place from 3am on Sunday to midnight on Monday, with the potential of up to 10cm of snow falling in places in the North West.

9:19am

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7

Here's the latest weather forecast for the region:

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5:15pm

There's been snow in East Lancashire this afternoon, but there are no reports of problems on the roads.

All problems areas from this morning are now passable.

Here's the latest weather forecast:

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SCHOOL CLOSURE

Broadfield Specialist School in Oswaldtwistle has closed to all pupils due to snow and ice.

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10:06am

TRAFFIC UPDATE

Ice and snow is causing difficult driving conditions around East Lancashire.

Problems are currently reported at:

  • Bury Road, Rawtenstall: Hazardous conditions due to ice
  • Manchester Road, Burnley: Queueing traffic due to ice and snow
  • A56, Haslingden: Queueing traffic due to ice and snow
  • B6478, Clitheroe: Hazardous conditions due to ice and snow
  • Broadfield, Oswaldtwistle: Road closed due to snow

On the buses, the X43 from Burnley to Manchester is running to timetable, but missing out the Rawtenstall section. Two X43 buses are stuck at Hapton and Crawshawbooth.

The X41 is unable to get to Haslingden due to weather conditions and is using the M65 instead.

9:47am

Lancashire Telegraph:

Our photographers have been out and about capturing images on the latest snowfall in East Lancashire this morning.

This image was taken near Haslingden.

See more in our snow photo gallery.

9:05am

Snow causes disruption on the roads

ROADS have had to be closed this morning after around 2in snow fell in some parts of East Lancashire.

The Broadfield in Oswaldtwistle is shut between Willows Lane and Fielding Lane because several cars have got stuck in the snow.

On the Edenfield Bypass at Haslingden traffic is queuing because of snow and ice.

And in Manchester Road in Burnley, traffic is building because of the weather conditions.

There have also been reports of drivers are getting stuck in the snow and having to turn around, including several school buses, between Church Brow in Clitheroe and Town End, in Newton.

Snow is affecting the carriageway on the M65 on the westbound carriageway between junction 6 at Whitebirk and junction 5 at Guide, although no incidents have been reported.

So far no schools have announced closures.

8:58am

This photo, showing snow falling at Brunshaw Hill, Burnley, was sent in by a Lancashire Telegraph reader this morning.

Lancashire Telegraph:

Send your pictures to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk or tweet them to @lancstelegraph

7:19am

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

More snow fell in East Lancashire overnight and more snow showers could be on the way later in the day.

Currently, the snow is causing no significant disruption. Traffic is flowing well and no school closures are reported.

Here's the latest weather forecast:

5:36pm

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4

MORE heavy snow is forecast for East Lancashire tonight.

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for snow across the entire north west, coming into force from 4pm today.

Sleet is expected to fall from around 9pm, turning to snow overnight.

There's a possibility of significant snowfall on higher ground.

Further snow showers are possible through Tuesday, bringing a risk of patchy ice on untreated surfaces.

Temperatures are expected to continue to fall throughout the week.

1:22pm

STRONG winds are forecast for East Lancashire this week with gusts reaching up to 26mph.

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert, which warns people to be aware.

There is the potential for some minor disruption to travel, particularly for high-sided vehicles and drivers are being asked to take extra care.

Winds will be increasing through today to become very gusty, particularly near heavy showers.

9:36am

WEDNESDAY

Another mild and overcast day in East Lancashire today.

Patches of rain are expected throughout the day, and it's going to remain breezy.

It's expected to brighten up as we approach the weekend.

8:59am

TUESDAY

It's much milder, but overcast, in East Lancashire today.

Here's the latest weather forecast:

4:02pm

We've added more of your photos to our snow gallery, including this amazing shot of a van buried in snow at Weasel Lane, Tockholes, over the weekend. The photo was sent in by John Lenehan.

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:57pm

Environment Agency flood alerts for East Lancashire have now been withdrawn, but it's raining and very windy across much of the region.

Here's the latest weather forecast:

9:47am

Lancashire Telegraph:

Our photographers got some great photos of the snow in East Lancashire over the weekend.

Have a look at our gallery of pictures.

7:26am

MONDAY

Numerous flood warnings remain in place for East Lancashire this morning, so keep your wits about you when travelling.

Here's the latest weather forecast for today:

No school closures are reported in East Lancashire this morning.

5:43pm

East Lancashire on flood alert

FLOOD alerts have been issued across East Lancashire - just 48 hours after snow wreaked havoc across the area.

Heavy flurries caused problems in several locations, with 20 to 30 cars abandoned in and around the A56 between Rising Bridge and Haslingden.
Lancashire Police was forced to issue an urgent appeal to drivers to retrieve their cars so all routes could fully reopen safely.

Vehicles were also left near the roundabouts near Sykeside and Grane Road as the sheer force of the snow shower left driving near-impossible.

Bus services were diverted or cancelled across East Lancs and the M6 near Leyland was also brought to a standstill when a sudden burst of more than a foot of snow at around 8.30pm on Friday, the Highways Agency said.

A number of accidents including jack-knifed lorries blocked lanes and mountain rescue workers were drafted in to help and check on the condition of drivers stranded by the snow.

A diabetic man was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital after falling ill, while an ambulance taking a female patient to Royal Preston Hospital had to be dug out of the snow by Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue team.

Phil O'Brien, team leader of Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue, said: "It was potentially a very serious situation. The Highways Agency managed to get people moving at about 4.30 to 5am on Saturday.

"There were hundreds of cars stuck but most people seemed in good spirits."

Snowfall caused the roof of one former Rossendale pub roof to collapse in the early hours of Saturday. The Buck Inn at Cowpe is being converted into two private homes.

Neighbour Barry Stewart said: “It was around 2am when my wife and I heard a loud bang. At first we just thought something had fallen over but one of my neighbours came round and said I should have a look.”

Falling masonry from the building also smashed onto the roof of a red van parked outside.

Property owner Nigel Adamthwaite is believed to be away.
Rising temperatures and rain on Saturday night and yesterday then prompted a rapid thaw, leading to flood warnings being issued for at least six main waterways locally.

Environment Agency officials said the River Ribble at Samlesbury, and the River Darwen, including Pleasington and Blackburn, was at risk of flooding.

And the Rivers Calder, Brun, Don and Pendle Water, from Laneshawbridge to the River Ribble including Trawden, Burnley, Nelson, Colne, Accrington and Whalley, will be similarly affected.

9:34am

SUNDAY

The thaw continues in East Lancashire, with temperatures at around six centigrade in East Lancashire today and rain washing away much of the snow that fell on Friday night.

There are currently 31 flood alerts for the north west, with melting snow causing potential problems around the area.

Here's a link to the Envrinment Agency's live flood warning map.

Although major routes are clear of snow, there may still be dangerous driving conditions here and there caused by icy patches or areas of meltwater.

Here's the weather forecast for today:

9:34pm

FLOOD WARNINGS

The Environment Agency has issued a number of flood warnings for the north west, including many parts of East Lancashire, as last night's snow melts.

Click here for the full list of alerts.

5:52pm

There's still a fair amount of snow lying around in East Lancashire tonight, so take care on the roads this evening.

Most major routes are passable without difficulty, but a large amount of snow is piled at the roadsides and icy areas remain.

Watch out for areas of localised flooding where the ice is melting.

Here's the latest weather forecast:

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11:34am

An urgent appeal has been issued by Lancashire Police for motorists who abandoned their vehicles overnight in the Rising Bridge and Edenfield areas.

The police message reads:

'This is an urgent message for people in the Edenfield area:

'There are around 20/30 abandoned vehicles on the A56 between Rising Bridge and Edenfield.

'The snow is now starting to melt and the road will be fully up and running soon so we need you to move your vehicles as soon as you can.'

11:28am

And a broadly similar story for buses across Blackburn, Hyndburn, Burnley, Pendle and the Ribble Valley, as Transdev Lancashire, our other major bus operator, explains:

'Due to the weather conditions, some routes remain altered today.

Blackburn:

124 to Chorley will not serve Wheelton, Brinscall or Betts Lane

Spot On 2 will not run to Chapels or Fishmoor Road

Spot On 4 will not run to Feniscowles or Livesey Branch Road

Spot On 6/7 Hyndburn Circulars will not run to Park Road, Wordsworth Drive or Rothesay Road

Burnley:

Mainline services are unable to reach Sabden, Trawden, or the Northolme Estate

Starship services are unable to reach Dalton Street (Stoops Estate), Pike Hill, Worsthorne, Cambridge Drive or Waidshouse Road. Services down Rossendale Road have been diverted via Liverpool Road. Services to Harle Syke are turning at Lane Head.

Service 8 cannot reach Bacup.

All services are also likely to be running behind schedule, as road conditions are difficult. Our priority is passenger safety, so our drivers will be with you as soon as they can.'

The message is clear - check before you travel.

11:25am

Buses are beginning to move in Rossendale - all services were off first thing but the situation seems to be improving.

The Rossendale Bus website said this at 10.40am:

'A snow plough has now been and cleared the roads surrounding our Haslingden depot and so we are now beginning to operate services 464, 482, 483 & 484.

'It will take some time together all buses in place and so the timetable for these roads will be very ad-hoc for the time-being. Road speeds are slower than normal at the moment as all road users take care on the slippery surfaces.

'We aim to have buses on services 244 and 273 very soon. All other services are still not operational.'

11:21am

Snowbound Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, of Greater Manchester Police, enjoys some East Lancs hospitality in Ramsbottom overnight.

11:18am

Hardy folks at Holden Wood Antiques on the Grane Road were up and about at 7am this morning to ensure their snowbound main entrance was clear in time for their Saturday opening.

11:14am

Mountain rescue teams for Bowland Pennine and Rossendale and Pendle remain on standby for any assistance which may be required by the North West Ambulance Service across East Lancs.

10:18am

FOOTBALL

Today's Derby County v Blackburn Rovers and Burnley v Birmingham matches will go ahead as planned.

9:26am

Police have issued a safety warning for the M65:
 

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GRANE ROAD REOPENS
 

8:48am

SATURDAY

East Lancashire has woken to a thick blanket of snow this morning.

Many of the region's roads are off-limits, with cars abandoned on several of the main routes.

The Grane Road at Haslingden remains closed.

Lancashire Telegraph reporter Peter Magill has visited some of the problem areas this morning:

 

 
 

 

 

 

11:34pm

Snow in the centre of Blackburn earlier tonight:

11:33pm

East Lancashire has been covered in a thick blanket of snow tonight - and it's still falling in places.

Our readers have sent some great photos via Twitter tonight.

Here's a sample:

 

Tweet your pictures to @lancstelegraph or email them to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk

9:23pm

A reminder of current road problems:

  • The Grane Road at Haslingden has been closed.
  • There are queues on the A679 Burnley Road, Accrington.
  • Difficult conditions on the M65.

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7:27pm

MORE PROBLEMS ON THE ROADS

  • The Grane Road at Haslingden has been closed.
  • There are queues on the A679 Burnley Road, Accrington.
  • There's queueing traffic and long delays on the M65.

 

6:06pm

HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS CLOSE ROAD

Snow is causing problems on the Grane Road at Haslingden, which has been closed tonight.

Snow has caused visibility problems on the Grane Road between Waterside Road (Haslingden) and M65 J5 (Guide, Blackburn).

6:04pm

Lancashire Telegraph:

It's snowing heavily in the centre of Blackburn now.

Go to our photo gallery for more pictures.

4:52pm

Snow continues to fall in East Lancashire.

No problems are being reported on the region's roads at the moment, but take extra care when travelling home tonight - roads are likely to be treacherous in places.

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3:40pm

Snow is still falling in East Lancashire and is expected to continue into the evening.

Here's the latest weather forecast:

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12:03pm

Blackburn with Darwen Council has announced that all its football pitches are unfit for play this coming weekend.

12:02pm

VIDEO

Here's the view from the Lancashire Telegraph office with heavy snow falling in the town centre:

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11:55am

SCHOOL CLOSURE

Darwen Vale High School is closing from 2.30pm

11:53am

St Mary's College in Blackburn is closing at 3pm today because of the snow:

 

11:39am

Snow is falling heavily in Blackburn town centre now, and is expected to continue across East Lancashire throughout the day. 

 

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11:16am

Tiny snowflakes have started falling in the centre of Blackburn. Keep an eye on this page for further weather updates.

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FRIDAY

Temperatures are below zero in East Lancashire this morning, and more snow is expected to hit the region, spreading westwards from about 3pm.

No major problems are currently reported on the region's roads and there are no school closures reported so far this morning.

Here's the weather forecast for the rest of the day:

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2:49pm

More snowfall in East Lancashire

PEOPLE across East Lancashire are braced for snow, expected to fall tomorrow afternoon.

The Met Office predicts heavy snow in Blackburn from 3pm, with sleet from 9pm, as temperatures could hit lows of -8 degrees Celsius.

In Burnley, light snow is expected at 3pm, with heavy snow later in the day.

Lancashire County Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council gritters are planning to grit major routes across the region from about 6pm tonight.

11:49am

Lancashire Telegraph: igloo

COOL SPOT A country pub has unveiled additional new premises — in the shape of a full-size igloo. Visitors to the Sparrowhawk, in Fence, have been parking alongside the giant snow structure since Monday. Manager Neil Morley said: “One of our neighbouring farmers had cleared the area of snow and so there was a big pile at the side of the car park. One of our bar workers, Rick Catherine, was on a split shift so he spent his entire break constructing the igloo. It’s certainly been a talking point.”

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Here's the latest weather forecast for the region:

Keep an eye on this page first thing in the morning for the latest school closure updates and travel news from around East Lancashire.

2:54pm

Lancashire Telegraph:

 

Carol Foden took some lovely panoramic photos at Roddlesworth Reservoir, Tockholes yesterday.

Send your pictures to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk or tweet them to @lancstelegraph

Lancashire Telegraph:

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1:47pm

Don't forget animals in cold weather

A CHARITY is urging pet owners to pay extra attention to their animals in the cold weather.

The RSPCA is urging people to provide respite from the severe weather for all types of pets ranging in size from horses to rabbits.

As well as domestic animals, the charity is asking people to spare a thought for wildlife such a birds.

Sophie Hacking, RSPCA animal scientist, said: “Every year between 1,000 and 2,000 wild animals are brought into the RSPCA in December, January and February suffering from dehydration, hunger and cold. There are simple ways to make a difference, including maintaining your garden pond and leaving out food and fresh, clean unfrozen water.

“Taking action early really can make the difference to animals.”

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11:43am

MORE SNOW

More snow has started falling in Blackburn - contrary to the forecast.

11:24am

Lancashire County Council has been accused of neglecting to grit East Lancashire's roads: read the full story here.

11:03am

Here's another great photo sent in by The Olde Sparrowhawk in at Fence, where an igloo has been built in car park:

Lancashire Telegraph:

Have you taken any photos or videos out in the snow this week? Tweet them to @lancstelegraph or email them to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk

9:05am

SCHOOL CLOSURES

No school closures have been announced in East Lancashire this morning.

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8:01am

SCHOOL CLOSURES

No school closures have been announced in East Lancashire so far this morning.

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7:15am

WEDNESDAY

Good morning! It's another cold morning in East Lancashire, with temperatures below freezing across the region.

That means it's another morming to be extra careful on the roads this morning - watch out for patches of ice on major routes and take special care if you're using untreated roads.

No problems are currently reported on the region's roads.

There are no school closures currently reported today, but keep an eye on this page for updates.

 

5:02pm

There's another cold day on the cards for tomorrow, but no more snow expected.

And the good news is that the weather should begin to warm up a little as we head towards the weekend.

Come back to this page in the morning for the latest news on any travel disruption being caused by the weather and any school closures that may affect East Lancashire.

 

4:56pm

Paul Riley sent this photo of a deer spotted at Feniscowles.

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:50pm

This picture was taken in Blackburn by Mark McReadie.

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1:48pm

Lancashire Telegraph:

This photo, taken on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Oswaldtwistle, was sent in by Chris Newton.

12:02pm

Man injured after fall on ice

A MAN was taken to hospital suffering a head injury after slipping on the ice in Rossendale Road, Burnley last night.

The 70-year-old was conscious and breathing when he was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital by ambulance.

Police blocked the road for an hour while the man was put in the ambulance between 8.40pm and 9.30pm.

11:06am

A reminder of today's SCHOOL CLOSURES:

  • Ridgewood High, Burnley
  • Green Haworth Primary, Accrington
  • St Mary's Primary, Newchurch-in-Pendle
  • St Mary's College, Blackburn - open for exams only
  • Broadfield School, Oswaldtwistle
  • St Michael's and All Angels' School, Foulridge
  • Woodfield Nursery, Brierfield
  • Acers East Lancashire Campus, Burnley
  • Roughlee School
  • Colne Primet High School - opens at 9.45am
  • Unity College, Burnley
  • St Peter's Primary, Accrington

11:02am

Here's the latest weather forecast for the region:

11:01am

Lancashire Telegraph:

Ruth Martin sent in this photo, showing sheep huddled together against the cold.

See more photos at our snow pictures gallery.

10:59am

Lancashire Telegraph:

We've seen plenty of snowmen this week, but this is our first snowdalek! The picture was sent in by Michael Haslem.

10:58am

Lancashire Telegraph:

Jo Reeves of Oswaldtwistle sent us this picture from her route home from work.

10:58am

Lancashire Telegraph:

Accrington photography student Abbie Denwood sent us some pictures of winter scenes, including this one.

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8:29am

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Here are the school closures that have been announced in East Lancashire this morning:

  • Ridgewood High, Burnley
  • Green Haworth Primary, Accrington
  • St Mary's Primary, Newchurch-in-Pendle
  • St Mary's College, Blackburn - open for exams only
  • Broadfield School, Oswaldtwistle
  • St Michael's and All Angels' School, Foulridge
  • Woodfield Nursery, Brierfield
  • Acers East Lancashire Campus, Burnley
  • Roughlee School
  • Colne Primet High School - opens at 9.45am
  • Unity College, Burnley
  • St Peter's Primary, Accrington

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7:02am

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Here's your list of school closures announced so far today:

  • Ridgewood High, Burnley
  • Green Haworth Primary, Accrington
  • St Mary's Primary, Newchurch-in-Pendle
  • St Mary's College, Blackburn
  • Broadfield School, Oswaldtwistle
  • St Michael's and All Angels' School, Foulridge
  • Woodfield Nursery, Brierfield
  • Acers East Lancashire Campus, Burnley
  • Roughlee School
  • Colne Primet High School - opens at 9.45am 

6:58am

TUESDAY

Good morning - it's cold in East Lancashire this morning, with plenty of snow and ice remaining in the whole region.

Drivers are reminded to take extra care on the roads this morning.

Keep an eye on this page for details of all the school closures affecting the region.

Here's the weather forecast for today:

6:14pm

Here's the latest weather forecast for East Lancashire:

Don't forget to visit this page in the moring for news of school closures in East Lancashire.

6:13pm

Here's six-year-old Amy Pagan from Blackburn with her snowman:

Lancashire Telegraph:

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Konrad Tapp pictures taken in Sunnyhurst Woods, including this great shot:

Lancashire Telegraph:

 

4:35pm

Andy Thorpe sent this photo of Harry and Georgi Thorpe from Belthorn with their snowman, Sid.

 

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:33pm

Your snow pictures are still coming in. Here are pupils at Haslingden Primary School enjoying playing outside.

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:37pm

It's still snowing in East Lancashire at the moment, but the weather is expected to improve tomorrow.

However, it's expected to be bitterly cold and road conditions are expected to be dangerous.

Here's the latest forecast for the region:

2:49pm

Blackburn town centre was among the areas covered in snow overnight.

We've taken this short video of the wintry town centre:

2:48pm

And here's a winter scene sent in by John Lenehan:

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:46pm

Here's Richard Catherine with his snowman, built at Ye Olde Sparrowhawk at Fence.

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:45pm

Here's a picture of pupils at Blackburn's st Edward's School with the snowman they've built today:

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:42pm

Lancashire Telegraph:

Pupils at Westholme School have been out enjoying the snow today.

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1:43pm

Alasdair Dalzeljob of Langho send this picture of the Snowman and Snowdog he made with children Olivia, 5 and Max, 3.
 

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:32pm

Is this East Lancashire's biggest snowman? It's been built by Stephen Hughes, 21, Wayne White, 45, and Danny Livesey, 12.

Send YOUR snowman pictures to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:07pm

Here's a video showing snow in and around Blackburn today:

12:59pm

Charities plea to homeless during cold snap

EAST Lancashire homeless charities are urging residents to report sightings of people sleeping rough in freezing conditions.

Blackburn-based organisation Nightsafe, at the Boulevard Centre, and Burnley’s branch of Emmaus, Old Hall Street, said they were becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of people without accommodation during the cold snap.

Concerned residents and those in need of accommodation should call 01254 503067 between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday, 01254 672139 out of hours, or visit the Platform 5 centre at the Nightsafe offices.

People in Burnley should call Emmaus on 01282 430860, the Salvation Army on 01282 425588, or Shelter’s on 0808 800 4444.

12:59pm

Gritters working around the clock

THE MET Office has warned that more widespread snow is expected this week, despite a weekend of relative calm.

Lancashire County Council has confirmed its gritters will continue to work through the night after forecasts suggested five to 10cm of snow was possible over the Pennies and East Lancashire. Road temperatures remain below zero for most of the region and drivers have been asked to take care on the roads.

In Blackburn and Darwen, residents were unhappy at the lack of gritting away from the main roads.

Yasar Darez, of Preston New Road, said that while his road was okay, side streets like Leamington Road were extremely difficult to navigate due to a lack of gritting.

There were problems in nearby Gorse Road, off Billinge Avenue, where one resident said drivers were scared to leave their driveway because of severe ice.

Accrington Stanley’s home game against AFC Wimbledon was called off due to a frozen pitch.

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11:40am

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATES

Darwen Vale High School has announced it will close at 12.15pm today.

Also closed are:

  • Duke Street School, Chorley
  • St Laurence;s School, Chorley
  • Worsthorne Primary School
  • Brennand's Endowed School, Slaidburn

See below for details of other school closures in East Lancashire.

 

11:30am

Lancashire police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw has cancelled roadshows planned for East Lancashire today due to the weather:

 

11:25am

Lancashire Telegraph:

Lancashire Telegraph reader Paul Olivant sent this picture of St Nicholas' Church in Sabden.

11:22am

Lancashire Telegraph:

Our photographers have been out and about again this morning taking pictures of the snow around East Lancashire, including this shot taken in Blackburn town centre.

Visit our snow gallery to see more photos.

Send your pictures to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk or tweet them to @lancstelegraph

11:12am

Several of our readers have tweeted us photos of the snow around East Lancashire today. Here's a selection of them:

 

 
 
 
 
Tweet your pictures and videos to @lancstelegraph or email them to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk

9:48am

Northern Rail are reporting major disruptions for the Clitheroe to Manchester service, via Blackburn and Darwen, due to the weather conditions, with a train already cancelled at 8.30am. And there are minor delays to passengers at Todmorden to Manchester Victoria.

9:18am

UPDATE - SCHOOL CLOSURES

Here's the full list of school closures across East Lancashire again:

  • Broadfield School Oswaldtwistle
  • St Matthew's School Blackburn
  • St James Laneshead Burnley
  • Brunel Nursery School, blackburn
  • Whiteash School
  • Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar
  • Fishermoor School
  • Holy Cross, Chorley
  • Reedley Primary
  • Lord Street School, Colne
  • Colne Primet School
  • St Saviour's, Bacup
  • Holy Trinity, Burnley
  • St John's, Risingbridge
  • Marsden Heights, Nelson
  • St Joseph's, Padiham
  • St Mary's Newchurch
  • Holy Trinity, Darwen
  • Waterfoot School
  • Meadowhead School, Blackburn
  • Hillside School, Longridge
  • Sabden School
  • St Thomas' School, Barrowford
  • St Joseph's, Barrowford
  • Bradley primary, Nelson
  • Rose School, Burnley
  • Southlands School, Chorley
  • Rosewood Primary, Burnley
  • Pendlevale College
  • Crosshill School, Blackburn
  • Christ the King School, Burnley
  • Alder Grange, Rawtenstall
  • Northern Primary, Bacup
  • Fearns College, Bacup
  • Pendle Community High School
  • Green Haworth School
  • Newfield School, Blackburn
  • Mount Carmel, Accrington
  • St Thomas' School, Blackburn
  • Water School, Rawtenstall
  • Castercliff primary, Nelson
  • Pleckgate School, Blackburn
  • Casterton Primary, Burnley
  • st Paul's, Rawtenstall
  • Park High, Colne
  • St Oswald's, Accrington
  • West Craven High, Barnoldswick
  • Barrowford Primary
  • Darwen Aldridge Academy
  • Barden Primary, Burnley
  • Audley Infants, Blackburn
  • Christchurch Primary, Colne
  • Laneshawbridge Primary, Colne
  • St Peter's Primary, Newchurch
  • Tarleton Academy, Burnley
  • Shuttleworth College, Burnley
  • St James's School, Blackburn
  • Lomeshaye Junior, Nelson
  • St Alban's, Blackburn
  • St Leonard's, Padiham
  • Edenfield School
  • Pendleview Primary, Colne
  • Gisburn School
  • Lowerhouse Junior
  • Coppull Primary
  • Brookhouse primary, Blackburn
  • Barden Primary, Burnley
  • Holly Grove School, Burnley
  • Blessed Trinity, Burnley
  • Blackburn Central High School
  • Crosshill School
  • St John's Primary, Coppull
  • West End, oswaldtwistle
  • Wellfield Church, Burnley
  • Hawthorn Junior, Blackburn
  • Briercliffe Primary, Burnley
  • Heddon Brook, Nelson
  • Whitegate, Padiham
  • Ridgewood School, Burnley
  • Whitefield School, Chorley
  • St Michael with St John, Blackburn
  • Withnell Fold, chorley
  • Christchurch, Charnock Richard
  • St James, Brindle
  • Holy saviour, Nelson
  • Sir John Thursby, Burnley
  • St Michael, Foulridge
  • Barnoldswick Primary
  • Belthorn Academy, Blackburn
  • Intack Primary
  • Our lady and St John, Blackburn
  • Hambledon College, Burnley
  • Brittania Primary, Bacup
  • Cedars School, Blackburn
  • Sunnyhurst Centre, Darwen
  • St Anne's, waterfoot
  • Daisyfield Primary, Blackburn
  • Springfield Primary, Accrington
  • Coates lane Primary, Barnoldswick
  • Albany Academy, Chorley
  • St Mary's, Haslingden
  • Huncoat Primary
  • Ribblesdale High, Clitheroe
  • Park Primary, Colne
  • Roughlee Primary
  • Longshaw Junior, Blackburn
  • St Joseph's, Bacup
  • Turton and Edgeworth Primary
  • Heasandford Primary, Burnley
  • Christ the King, Burnley
  • St Leonard's, Padiham
  • Rosewood School, Burnley
  • St Paul's, Adlington
  • Shaftesbury House School, Chorley  
  • Southlands High School, Chorley
  • Blacko School
  • Park Primary, Colne
  • John Fisher and Thomas More School, Colne
  • Walter street, Brierfield
  • Whitworth High School
  • St Mary's College, Leyland

9:17am

Here's the latest weather forecast for the region:

9:16am

9:16am

8:44am

UPDATE - SCHOOL CLOSURES

Here's an updated list if school closures for the region:

  • Broadfield School Oswaldtwistle
  • St Matthew's School Blackburn
  • St James Laneshead Burnley
  • Brunel Nursery School, blackburn
  • Whiteash School
  • Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar
  • Fishermoor School
  • Holy Cross, Chorley
  • Reedley Primary
  • Lord Street School, Colne
  • Colne Primet School
  • St Saviour's, Bacup
  • Holy Trinity, Burnley
  • St John's, Risingbridge
  • Marsden Heights, Nelson
  • St Joseph's, Padiham
  • St Mary's Newchurch
  • Holy Trinity, Darwen
  • Waterfoot School
  • Meadowhead School, Blackburn
  • Hillside School, Longridge
  • Sabden School
  • St Thomas' School, Barrowford
  • St Joseph's, Barrowford
  • Bradley primary, Nelson
  • Rose School, Burnley
  • Southlands School, Chorley
  • Rosewood Primary, Burnley
  • Pendlevale College
  • Crosshill School, Blackburn
  • Christ the King School, Burnley
  • Alder Grange, Rawtenstall
  • Northern Primary, Bacup
  • Fearns College, Bacup
  • Pendle Community High School
  • Green Haworth School
  • Newfield School, Blackburn
  • Mount Carmel, Accrington
  • St Thomas' School, Blackburn
  • Water School, Rawtenstall
  • Castercliff primary, Nelson
  • Pleckgate School, Blackburn
  • Casterton Primary, Burnley
  • st Paul's, Rawtenstall
  • Park High, Colne
  • St Oswald's, Accrington
  • West Craven High, Barnoldswick
  • Barrowford Primary
  • Darwen Aldridge Academy
  • Barden Primary, Burnley
  • Audley Infants, Blackburn
  • Christchurch Primary, Colne
  • Laneshawbridge Primary, Colne
  • St Peter's Primary, Newchurch
  • Tarleton Academy, Burnley
  • Shuttleworth College, Burnley
  • St James's School, Blackburn
  • Lomeshaye Junior, Nelson
  • St Alban's, Blackburn
  • St Leonard's, Padiham
  • Edenfield School
  • Pendleview Primary, Colne
  • Gisburn School
  • Lowerhouse Junior
  • Coppull Primary
  • Brookhouse primary, Blackburn
  • Barden Primary, Burnley
  • Holly Grove School, Burnley
  • Blessed Trinity, Burnley
  • Blackburn Central High School
  • Crosshill School
  • St John's Primary, Coppull
  • West End, oswaldtwistle
  • Wellfield Church, Burnley
  • Hawthorn Junior, Blackburn
  • Briercliffe Primary, Burnley
  • Heddon Brook, Nelson
  • Whitegate, Padiham
  • Ridgewood School, Burnley
  • Whitefield School, Chorley
  • St Michael with St John, Blackburn
  • Withnell Fold, chorley
  • Christchurch, Charnock Richard
  • St James, Brindle
  • Holy saviour, Nelson
  • Sir John Thursby, Burnley
  • St Michael, Foulridge
  • Barnoldswick Primary
  • Belthorn Academy, Blackburn
  • Intack Primary
  • Our lady and St John, Blackburn
  • Hambledon College, Burnley
  • Brittania Primary, Bacup
  • Cedars School, Blackburn
  • Sunnyhurst Centre, Darwen
  • St Anne's, waterfoot
  • Daisyfield Primary, Blackburn
  • Springfield Primary, Accrington
  • Coates lane Primary, Barnoldswick
  • Albany Academy, Chorley
  • St Mary's, Haslingden
  • Huncoat Primary
  • Ribblesdale High, Clitheroe
  • Park Primary, Colne
  • Roughlee Primary
  • Longshaw Junior, Blackburn
  • St Joseph's, Bacup
  • Turton and Edgeworth Primary
  • Heasandford Primary, Burnley
  • Christ the King, Burnley
  • St Leonard's, Padiham
  • Rosewood School, Burnley
  • St Paul's, Adlington
  • Shaftesbury House School, Chorley   
  • Southlands High School, Chorley
  • Blacko School
  • Park Primary, Colne
  • John Fisher and Thomas More School, Colne
  • Walter street, Brierfield
  • Whitworth High School
  • St Mary's College, Leyland

8:05am

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Reports of school closures are still coming in.

  • St Peter's School, Rossendale
  • Pendleview School
  • Laneshawbridge School
  • Audley School
  • Bardley School
  • Barrowford Primary
  • St Oswald's School
  • Park High School
  • Casterton Primary
  • Castercliff Primary
  • Water School
  • Newfield School
  • Green Howarth School
  • Pendle High School

8:00am

Road conditions are difficult in East Lancashire this morning, but trafficis belived to be moving well in most areas.

The M65 down to one lane in places.

The region's trains are running on time.

7:37am

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Reports coming in of several school closures in the region, including:

  • Darwen Aldridge Academy
  • Springfield Community Primary, Burnley
  • Mount Carmel High School, Accrington
  • Pleckgate School, Blackburn

7:01am

SCHOOL CLOSURE

Springfield Community Primary School in Burnley is closed today.

7:00am

MONDAY

There's been more snow in East Lancashire overnight, with up to four inches falling in parts of East Lancashire.

Driving conditions are difficult in some areas and motorists are advised to take extra care when out and about this morning.

Send your pictures to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk or tweet them to @lancstelegraph

8:53pm

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Make sure you visit this page in the morning to find out about any school closures in the area.

8:52pm

A few updates from Lancashire Telegraph readers below - no snow so far tonight:

 

 
 
 

6:45pm

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Make sure you visit this page in the morning to find out about any school closures in the area.

6:43pm

Gritters are out in East Lancashire tonight helping keep main routes clear.

More snow is expected later on, although the south and north east are expected to get the worst of the weather.

It remains cold and icy conditions are expected on the roads tonight and in the morning - take care if you're driving, especially if you're off the main routes.

 

 
Here's the latest weather forecast for the region:
 

4:12pm

Here's an update on gritting from Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern:

 

 

3:24pm

Here's the latest weather forecast:

3:24pm

Here's a photo we've been sent, showing Thomas Brien of Haslingden enjoying the snow.

Send your photos to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:57pm

10:22am

Lancashire Telegraph:

Our photographers have been out and about taking pictures of the snow in East Lancashire.

Check out our snow photo gallery.

Email your pictures to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk or tweet them to @lancstelegraph

9:57am

FURTHER snowfall is expected over East Lancashire this evening. The Met Office are forecasting cloudy weather today with further snow showers later in many areas.

More persistent snow is likely over the tops of the Pennines, especially after midnight. It is expected to be generally cold with widespread frost and ice. Minimum temperature -4 °C.
 

Monday's forecast predicts widespread but relatively light snow showers affecting many areas. More persistent snow generally confined to the Pennines. Snow may clear later in the day with some brighter spells developing. Maximum temperature 2 °C.
 

9:53am

SUNDAY

There's still snow on the ground here in East Lancashire this morning, but there's been no significant snowfall overnight and there are currently no problems reported on the roads.

Minimal snow is forecast for the rest of the day too:

If you're out and about enjoying the snow today, don't forget to email your pictures to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk or tweet them to @lancstelegraph

4:19pm

And just to keep you up to date, here's the latest weather forecast for the region:

4:18pm

Here are a couple more of your pictures from Twitter:

 

4:17pm

Blake Milnes, 4, sent us a picture of his snowman, named 'Fearless Scruff'.

Send your pictures to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:26pm

Not much to report regarding the weather this afternoon.

There has however been an accident on the notoriously dangerous A59 Skipton Road near Gisburn.

One person had to be cut free from a vehicle by a crew from Earby Fire Station after crashing at around 11.35am. No other cars were involved.

The injured woman was taken to Royal Preston Hospital by the North West Air Ambulance.

It is not clear yet if the weather caused this accident, but please take care on the roads folks.

10:11am

MOUNTAIN RESCUE

Bowland and Pennine Mountain Rescue Team has been busy because of the snow.

After rushing to the aid of an injured snowboarder in Parbold Hill yesterday afternoon, they were called out again at 11pm last night to Chorley after an ambulance got stuck in snow with a patent on board.

 

 

9:56am

Several people in Blackburn have contacted the LT this morning to warn of dangerous and icy roads that have not been gritted.

Yasar Darez, from Preston New Road, said that while main roads were ok, side streets such as Leamington Road were extremely difficult to navigate due to a lack of gritting.

There appear to be problems too in nearby Gorse Road, off Billinge Avenue, where one resident said she was scared to leave her driveway because of severe ice. She also said there was no evidence of gritting.

9:22am

A lot of heavy snow has settled on the ground in Darwen overnight. Vicky Rothwell, who runs Dance Crazy Theatre School in Watery Lane, has had to cancel all of her classes today as people were unable to travel due to the weather.

She got in touch with the LT to say that cars in her street, Thompson Street, were unable to get out of their driveways, such was the build-up of snow.

8:47am

GAME ON!

Burnley's game against Millwall has been given the go-ahead after a pitch inspection.

 

 

It's a 3pm kick-off at The New Den. Have a safe journey to London, Clarets fans.

 

8:21am

FOOTBALL

A reminder that Accrington Stanley's home game with AFC Wimbledon today has been postponed because of a frozen pitch at the newly-titled Store First Stadium.

Burnley's away game at Millwall is subject to a 9am referee's inspection.

Blackburn Rovers' home game with Charlton Athletic is set to kick-off at 3pm as expected.

Non-league games involving Chorley, Clitheroe, Ramsbottom United, Bacup Borough, Barnoldswick Town, Padiham, Colne, Nelson, and AFC Darwen are also off.

8:10am

GOOD MORNING

There are no reported road closures this morning but we will bring you news of any as and when we hear them.

The Met Office is warning of a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow this weekend.

The M66, M65 and A56 are free of snow but footpaths are still covered, with some turning to ice, so take care when out and about.

Lancashire County Council says its gritters have been out overnight.

Rail passengers should remember that there is a replacement bus service running on Northern Rail today and tomorrow between Blackburn and Blackpool North, and between Preston and Colne due to engineering works.

Get in touch by tweeting us your snow pictures and updates to @lancstelegraph

7:14pm

7:14pm

5:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

allan1957 says

Snowing quite heavy in Darwen traffic coping reasonable well in the town centre despite snow covered roads

5:05pm

3:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Is Eckersley playing? says

3.30pm, Friday. Fine snow at Mellor but roads clear.

3:22pm

It's snowing in Blackburn at the moment - is it snowing where you are?

Let us know in the comments below or send a tweet to @lancstelegraph

3:06pm

LATEST WEATHER FORECAST

3:04pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE

Reedley Primary School and Woodfield Nursery in Brierfield did not open this morning because of the weather.

Astley Park School, Withnell Fold School and Mayfield Specialist School in Chorley are closed this afternoon.

St James' Primary School in Leyland has also closed this afternoon.

2:52pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE

2:51pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE

 

 

2:26pm

SCHOOL CLOSURE

 

 

1:29pm

Here's another great snow scene:

 

1:28pm

Check out this great photo!

 

12:53pm

Here's a picture taken today by our photographer Tim Bradley:

Lancashire Telegraph:

You can see more pictures of snow in East Lancashire over the last week in our photo gallery.

11:08am

SCHOOL CLOSURE

Astley Park School in Chorley is closing to all pupils this afternoon.

10:50am

We'd love to see more of your snow pictures!

Tweet them to @lancstelegraph or email them to bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk with a brief description.

10:48am

8:46am

NURSERY CLOSURE

Woodfield Nursery in Brierfield is closed today because of weather conditions.

 

8:23am

There's no change to the weather situation in East Lancashire from earlier this morning.

So far there's just one school closure, at Reedley Primary School.

No problems are reported on the region's roads.

If you spot a problem where you are, tweet @lancstelegraph or email bob.hart@nqnw.co.uk

Here's the latest weather forecast for the region:

7:36am

Here's a photo we've been sent of snow in Darwen this morning:

 

7:19am

SCHOOL CLOSURE

So far there's only one school closure reported in East Lancashire.

  • Reedley Primary School is closed due to adverse weather

7:18am

There's snow in East Lancashire this morning and a chance that more will arrive as the day progresses.

No problems are currently reported on the region's roads.

5:57pm

Snow is expected in East Lancashire on Thursday evening and Friday - keep an eye on this page for regular updates on the weather and any disruption it might cause.

Here's the latest weather forecast for the region: 

Here's the latest map from the Met Office showing expected snowfall for the whole country:

 

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3:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Is Eckersley playing? says...

3.30pm, Friday. Fine snow at Mellor but roads clear.
3.30pm, Friday. Fine snow at Mellor but roads clear. Is Eckersley playing?

5:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

allan1957 says...

Snowing quite heavy in Darwen traffic coping reasonable well in the town centre despite snow covered roads
Snowing quite heavy in Darwen traffic coping reasonable well in the town centre despite snow covered roads allan1957

9:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Duni Akwe Tu? says...

Please remember to only eat yellow snow in extreme circumstances.
Please remember to only eat yellow snow in extreme circumstances. Duni Akwe Tu?

10:45am Sat 19 Jan 13

bigste says...

Lots of sunshine and 21c in Benidorm. lol
Lots of sunshine and 21c in Benidorm. lol bigste

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