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Temperatures tumble as 48-hour snow warning begins for Preston

Posted on - 12th January, 2017 - 8:42am | Author - | Posted in - News, Weather

Snow scene in March last year by Louise Hogg

Preston is being told to brace itself for 48-hours of sleet and snow.

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The Met Office has extended its wether warning to cover all of Thursday (12 January) and Friday (13 January) as a ‘cold northweserly front’ moves in.

The weather warning covers Lancashire and the wider North West region with disruption on the transport network ‘likely’ due to either snow or ice.

Up to 4cm of snow is being forecast for lowland areas and on higher ground there may be up to 10cm.

The chief forecaster states: “A cold northwesterly airstream will extend southeastwards across the warning areas on Thursday bringing occasional snow showers. Around 2 cm of snow is possible even to low levels in places. 5-10 cm is possible on high ground above about 200 m.”

Read more: Watch as snow begins to fall in the city

The warning is not in force for Saturday or Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to fall to zero overnight from Thursday into Friday – although Friday itself is expected to be sunny but with wind speeds picking up.

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