In an updated forecast, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Lancashire which comes into force on Thursday ( 6 January).

The Met Office forecasts snowfall in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside, Yorkshire and Scotland between 10am and 4pm, followed by freezing conditions in the evening and wintry showers into Friday.

The ice and snow warning covers all parts of Lancashire and is in place from 8pm until 11am on Friday 7 January.

Lancashire Telegraph: A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place across Lancashire on Thursday(Photo: Met Office)A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place across Lancashire on Thursday(Photo: Met Office)

The snow warning alone covers all parts of East Lancashire and is in place from 10am-4pm tomorrow.  



Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “As we go into the overnight period temperatures will start to drop and in some of the sheltered glens in Scotland we could see minus 10 (Celsius) or even colder temperatures recorded. Across the UK there is not going to be many places that will remain above freezing.

“Tomorrow (Thursday) we will start to get this weather front coming in from the west. We are going to see that moisture-laden air coming in, bumping into this cold air and whenever you get that you tend to get transient snow. It’s likely to last for one or two hours.”

Forecasters say the snow may cause some travel disruption over higher routes during the day with two to five centimetres likely above heights of 200 to 300 metres, and 10 to 15cm above 400 metres.

Frequent wintry showers during Thursday evening and overnight are likely to lead to a fresh covering of snow for areas above 200 metres, with freezing conditions returning and more possible travel disruption.

The Met Office forecasts milder conditions going into the weekend.

Mr Madge said: “Friday into Saturday we have got another frontal system moving across the UK. That’s more likely to deliver rain more widely.

“By Saturday and into the weekend any wintry showers are likely to be just over the higher tops and fells.”

What to expect from a yellow snow and ice warning?

Frequent sleet, hail and snow showers may lead to some disruption to travel during Thursday night and Friday morning.

Here is what you can expect:

  • Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services
  • Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
  • Some brief power outages are possible with a risk of isolated lightning strikes.
  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces

Hour-by-hour forecast in Blackburn with Darwen

The Met Office have urged commuters in Blackburn with Darwen and other East Lancashire towns to be wary when travelling tomorrow.

In Blackburn with Darwen, the morning is expected to be cold with temperatures struggling to get above 1 °C until the afternoon when you can expect highs of 5 °C.

However, it’s set to feel more like -4 °C at times.

It’s expected to be cloudy until 11am when it is set to start snowing. Light snow is expected until 1pm when it will turn to sleet and rain.

From 2pm onwards a mixture of light and heavy rain is expected before the wintry conditions return until 11pm.

Heading into Friday morning, sleet is predicted from 11pm until 3am and another yellow weather warning for snow and ice is forecast.  

Heavy snow is forecast from 5am-9am before turning to rain from 12pm onwards.