A serious weather system hit Preston today in a series of biting cold snow flurries.
Remnants of the so-called “Beast from the East” weather front that caused so much havoc to parts of the country in December and early January this year returned to hit the city. Temperatures will struggle to rise above zero anywhere in the country.
The snow flurries that covered the city today visibly blew in strong gales from the East to the West, bizarrely interspersed with periods of bright sunshine!
The cold front from Russia will be hanging over the county for at least the next day or two. The Preston area has been let off pretty lightly as the East Coast could experience temperatures as low as -13C tonight. However, severe weather warnings have been issued in the North West for tonight and Tuesday with temperatures dropping to -2C but feeling more like -7C. It will be very cold under clear skies with frost and ice.
Charles Powell a forecaster from the Met Office said: “It will certainly be one the coldest nights of this winter.”
The Met Office also warns although the frequency and intensity of snow showers will tend to reduce, ice may form on untreated roads and pavements that have been left wet by melted snow from the daytime. It advises all drivers to take extra care.