The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice and snow across Lancashire and most other parts of the UK this weekend.

The warning is in force from 3am to 9pm on Sunday, December 18, and covers all parts of Lancashire, Blackburn included.

The Met Office has warned the public to expect travel disruption, potential power cuts and a chance of injury from slips and falls.

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The Met Office has said a period of snow will lead to some disruption to travel and other activities, before turning to rain later.

What to expect:

  • Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel.
  • Some rural communities could become cut off
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • A chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces

The Chief Forecaster added: "A band of snow is expected to move northeast across the UK on Sunday, in most places lasting two to four hours before turning to rain. Places in the southwest will be affected first.

"Temporary accumulations of one to three centimetres at low levels, and perhaps locally five to eight cm across the Welsh mountains, with any snow starting to melt readily from late morning.

"While parts of the northeast of England and Scotland will probably stay dry until late morning, the feature becomes slower moving here allowing for larger accumulations.

"Temporary accumulations of one to three cm are likely at low levels, with five to 10cm more typical across upland areas and isolated 10 to 15cm on high ground north of the Central Belt.

"Once rain becomes established, all lying snow will melt rapidly. In addition to the snow and ice, strong winds are expected across all parts, with gales or severe gales mainly across high ground.

"This will lead to blizzard conditions in some areas for a time. A brief period of freezing rain is also possible, most likely to impact areas from the Pennines northwards, with a consequent risk of ice accretion on structures and power lines."

In Blackburn with Darwen, temperatures are expected to remain low this week with sleet showers in the Met Office forecast on Saturday (December 17).

There's no snow forecast in Blackburn as yet for Sunday, and it's the same picture in Accrington, Burnley, Clitheroe, and Nelson.

Darwen has sleet forecast for 3pm on Sunday, while Colne and Rawtenstall could see sleet from 12pm to 6pm.

Up at Rossendale Ski Centre snow is forecast from 9am to 6pm.

Seven day Met Office forecast for Blackburn with Darwen


  • Thursday December 15: Sunny. Highs of  0°C and lows of -4°C.
  • Friday December 16: Mist changing to cloudy by lunchtime. Highs of 2°C and lows of 0°C.
  • Saturday December 17: Cloudy changing to sleet by late morning. Highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C.
  • Sunday December 18: Yellow weather warning. Cloudy with chance of rain in afternoon. Highs of 6°C and lows of 5°C.
  • Monday December 19: Light rain. Highs of 12°C and lows of 6°C.
  • Tuesday December 20: Cloudy changing to sunny intervals by late morning. Highs of 7°C and lows of 3°C.
  • Wednesday December 21: Partly cloudy changing to sunny intervals by lunchtime. Highs of 6°C and lows of 1°C.