Hour by hour Preston weather forecast – when will it snow next?

Posted on - 28th February, 2018 - 6:34pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston weather
Preston Docks covered in a blanket of snow Pic: Tony Worrall
Preston Docks covered in a blanket of snow Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston has a weather warning for snow in place for the rest of Wednesday (28 February) as the month comes to a close.


Temperatures remain below freezing for the rest of the evening – with no weather warning in force for Thursday – before the snow warning kicks in again on Friday (2 March).

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The Beast from the East has brought widespread disruption across the UK, although Preston has been spared the worst of the weather compared to Scotland and the North East.

Here’s a run through of how the weather looks during the next 48 hours:

Wednesday (28 February)

6pm – As the sun sets the temperature falls to minus four. There’s a five per cent chance of snow.


7pm – Temperatures fall to minus five and the snow chance is still at 5 per cent

8pm – Chance of snow rises to 30 per cent

9pm – A 50 per cent chance of snow as we remain at minus five

10pm – Chance of snow falls away to five per cent

11pm – As we approach midnight, it’s still minus five and a slim chance of more snow.

Read more: Your snow pictures as the Beast from the East arrives in Preston

Thursday (1 March)

12midnight – Minus five, slim chance of snow

1am – Still minus five, with a slim chance of snow

2am – Remains minus five, limited chance of snow

3am – Cloud cover, limited chance of snow

4am – Remains minus five

5am – Warms up a degree, minus four. Chance of snow increases to 10 per cent

6am – Feels like temperature is minus 11 if you do go outside!

7am – Still minus four if you’re setting off for the commute

8am – Chance of snow still at 10 per cent, and minus three outside

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9am – Minus three and it is cloudy out there

10am – Warms up, to minus two

11am – The strongest chance of snow during the day, a 30 per cent chance of snow. Also the only time we’re likely to see any sun.

12noon – It’s minus one

1pm – Still not above freezing, and will feel like minus nine on your lunch break

2pm – Minus one, and a 10 per cent chance of snow

3pm – Picking the kids up from school? Still not above freezing in temperature

4pm – as we head towards tea time, it’s still minus one

5pm – A 10 per cent chance of some snow on the commute home

6pm – There’s a wind speed of 50mph and it will feel like minus nine

7pm – Into the evening and we remain stuck at 10 per cent chance of snow

8pm – Minus one still in actual temperature

9pm – As you’re getting ready for bed, it will still be below freezing outside

10pm – Lights out for many, and it’ll feel like minus eight if you are going outside for some unknown reason

11pm – While you’re sleeping there’s a 10 per cent chance of snow


Friday (2 March)

Snow in Ashton-on-Ribble Pic: Tony Worrall
Snow in Ashton-on-Ribble Pic: Tony Worrall

12midnight – The yellow weather warning, for ice and snow, comes into force. It’s minus one out there.

3am – 10 per cent chance of snow

6am – As people begin to wake, it will feel like minus nine as you begin defrosting the car

9am – We finally hit freezing, zero degrees. But it’ll feel like minus eight.

12noon – Lunchtime, and it’s one degree above freezing. Celebrate!

3pm – Still one degree, but will feel like minus six. Gusts of nearly 50mph in places.

6pm – Heading home or heading out? It’s back to freezing point.

9pm – The strongest chance of snow in the day, a 40 per cent chance and freezing again.

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