Preston woke up to icy conditions on Saturday morning and forecasters are now warning of snow showers.Advertisement
A yellow warning, the lowest level issued by the Met Office, is in place saying between one to three centimetres of snow could fall in Preston and Lancashire.
Temperatures are expected to peak at two degrees celsius during Saturday before falling back below freezing overnight.
Update: Snow has been falling in Preston on Saturday afternoon
The chief forecaster states: “A frontal zone moving eastwards into Britain on Saturday will run into and stall against the cold airmass which became established over the UK earlier in the week.
“This allows rain at the leading edge of this frontal zone to turn to snow and persist for several hours before the frontal zone weakens during Sunday, allowing less cold conditions to start developing and some of the snow to start melting. This snow is expected to fall along a relatively narrow corridor, perhaps only 100 miles wide, which means that some areas within the warning area may escape much of the snow.
“Meanwhile, where snow is limited or rain occurs instead, icy stretches may develop on untreated roads as rain and snow starts.”
Related: Watch aerial footage of frosty River Ribble in Preston
Emergency services are warning drivers to fully deice their windscreens before setting off on journeys as ice remains on many side roads.
When it’s frosty, take the time to scrape your windscreen. Be #winterready pic.twitter.com/BE2WJ3CciE
— Highways England (@winterhighways) January 16, 2016
The cold snap is expected to continue until Friday 22 January.
Photographers have been out and about in Preston capturing the icy conditions, as Paul Melling shows below in a chilly snap of Sir Tom at Deepdale.
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