Gale force winds for Burnley and Pendle with snow at weekend

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Residents in Burnley and Pendle are braced to batten down the hatches as East Lancashire faces a battering from wind in the next 48 hours with snow expected at weekend.

The Met Office has already issued a yellow weather warning for wind from 9pm tonight until 6am on Thursday, with gales, severe at times, expected to reach the North West region.

There’s also a warning of wintry showers for Wednesday and Thursday morning’s rush hours.

Today, temperatures are expected to turn milder as the day progresses and the mercury could reach 10°C by early evening as gusty winds replace the icy blast temporarily, bringing rain with it.

But forecasters are predicting a return to a colder spell in the second half of the week.

On Wednesday, the winds are predicted to strengthen further, with thunder and hail showers and snow on higher ground and a maximum of 5°C.

The chill continues on Thursday, which is forecast to remain wintry and windy, with Friday expected to be clearer, both with maximum of 5°C. Snow is forecast for Saturday as the mercury drops further still.