Snowy weather warning for Preston and Lancashire as cold snap continues into the New Year

Posted on - 30th December, 2020 - 10:56am | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Preston weather, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
An icy looking Haslam Park on Wednesday (30 December) Pic: Blog Preston
An icy looking Haslam Park on Wednesday (30 December) Pic: Blog Preston

A yellow weather warning has been issued for Wednesday and Thursday.


The Met Office warning is in place from 6pm on Wednesday 30 December to 2pm on Thursday 31 December.

The report shows showers are likely to merge into an area of rain, sleet and snow which is expected to move south across parts of eastern Scotland, northern and western England, and perhaps the far east of Wales overnight Wednesday, and through Thursday morning.

Not all locations within this area will see snow, and indeed where it does snow it will not be snowing through the entire warning period.

Read more: More snow and ice warnings issued for Preston and Lancashire this week

Accumulations of 1-3 cm are most likely, with larger accumulations (most likely 5-10 cm) confined to ground above 200 metres.

Snow at low levels will quickly turn to rain across Scotland during early Thursday, becoming confined to ground above 500 metres. It will also steadily turn to rain at lower levels further south through the rest of the day whilst petering out.

People are warned that some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services and some higher routes across Scotland and northwest England may briefly become impassable early Thursday morning.

See the latest weather forecast for where you live

And here’s how the weather looks for Preston heading into New Year’s Day and beyond.

Wed 30 December

Afternoon – Staying overcast and temperatures just above freezing

Evening – From 7pm it’s at -1 degrees and snowfall expected overnight

Thu 31 December – New Year’s Eve

Morning – Snowfall continuing in the early morning and then getting above freezing by 11am

Afternoon – Light cloud around and just 1 degrees all day

Evening – A cold New Year’s Eve, just above freezing

Friday 1 January 2021 – New Year’s Day

Morning – The new year starts at 2 degrees, and a gentle breeze

Afternoon – Highs of 4 degrees at lunchtime and staying like that throughout the afternoon

Evening – Dropping to 1 degrees and an overcast evening

Saturday 2 January

Morning – Starting off cold, at -1, but the sun comes out from 9am and there’s sunny intervals throughout the morning

Afternoon – 3 degrees at lunchtime and the sunshine stays through until 4pm

Evening – Dropping back to freezing by 8pm

Sunday 3 January

Morning – Another day at freezing, until 9am when the sun comes out and it’s a crisp winter morning ahead

Afternoon – Clouding over from 2pm and temperatures hit highs of 4 degrees

Evening – Overcast evening and 2 degrees

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