THE big thaw could be set to follow the big freeze in East Lancashire.

The Met Office predictions of heavy snowfall on Sunday didn’t materialise and the county instead woke to rain, sleet and snow showers as temperatures hovered around one degree celsius.

Warnings of widespread icy roads remain in place on Monday morning as the showers fall on frozen roads, adding to the hazardous driving conditions.

However, police reported no road-related incidents over the weekend.

Northern Rail services in the area were running as normal this morning and a number of roads have re-opened, including Blacksnape Road at Hoddlesden Road (still closed near Darwen), Bacup Road, Burnley, and Crown Point Road, Burnley.

Only a handful of East Lancashire schools are closed today.

Meanwhile, the county council roads boss has admitted they could run out of grit if the area is hit by snow again.

Coun Keith Young, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for roads, said the authority only had enough grit for if the weather remained clear.

He said: "If we get another blizzard then, like other authorities, we are in trouble."

Blackburn with Darwen's roads chief, Coun Alan Cottam, said the borough had 'more grit than we expected' after a delivery last week.

He said bus routes would continue to get priority treatment.


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