Met Office snow warning for all of Lancashire moved forward

A weather warning for snow and ice across much of the North West has been brought forward by the Met Office.

The warning, which covers the entirety of Lancashire and Cumbria, will now be applied from 3pm this afternoon (December 27) rather than from 6pm.

It has also been extended to cover a greater part of northern and eastern Scotland. The warning currently runs until 10am on Monday (December 28).

The warning states that roads and railways will likely be affected, injuries from falls are possible and that icy patches will develop on roads.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “A band of rain, sleet and snow followed by wintry showers will move south across western and central parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland on Sunday evening and then into parts of northern England and north Wales early on Monday morning. Localised accumulations of 1-3 cm are possible to lower levels but higher accumulations are likely over higher ground.

“Above 250 metres, accumulations of 5-10 cm are possible. Skies are expected to clear from the north overnight and widespread ice is likely to develop and persist through to Monday morning, especially across central and eastern areas.”

Winds reached more than 100mph overnight as Storm Bella brought rain and blowy conditions across the UK.

Lancashire avoided the bulk of the major issues which have seen people displaced from their homes over the Christmas period, although there were some issues with fallen trees reported in the county.

Two threat to life flood warnings remain in place in Northamptonshire after days of wintry weather across the Christmas break, with a cold snap with icy and wintry conditions still to come.

The top wind speed was recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight where it reached 106mph overnight on Saturday.

Aberdaron in north west Wales experienced gusts of 83mph, and locations on the south coast of England, including Dorset, got close to 80mph.

Lancs Live – Cumbria