Lancashire snow, traffic and travel updates as Storm Larisa hits UK
Storm Larisa has brought gales and blizzards to Lancashire, leading to major travel disruption across the county.
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for Lancashire and the North West where it says “significant disruption” to transport and power supplies is expected today.
The forecaster said the worst of the weather is expected in northern England where “gusts of easily 50mph” are on a collision course with “30 to 40cm of snow”.
National Highways has issued a “severe weather alert” for snow covering the North West until 8am on Friday, with motorists warned not to drive unless their journey is essential.
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The forecaster warned “ice is likely to be a hazard where snow has fallen overnight”.
A yellow weather warning for ice which covers most of the county was subsequently issued by the Met Office.
It came into effect at 9.30am on Friday morning (March 10) and is set to end at 10am on Saturday (March 11).
The UK Health Security Agency has also issued a level 3 cold weather alert for the whole of England.
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Lancashire residents woke up to March snow today (Friday, March 10 ) after the Met Office issued yellow warnings earlier in the week.
These were the scenes at Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve off Liverpool Road, Longton this morning.
Overnight rain, sleet, and snow gradually clears through the morning leaving a much drier and brighter afternoon though still the odd snow flurry is possible. Strong winds to start but these gradually easing. A chilly day, particularly in the wind. Maximum temperature 6 °C.
A fine evening with clear skies. This means temperatures will drop quickly overnight leading to a widespread sharp frost with icy stretches likely. Light winds. Minimum temperature -3 °C.
A cold and frosty start with bright skies. Staying largely dry and bright through the day with a band of rain, sleet and snow later alongside strengthening winds. Staying cold. Maximum temperature 7 °C.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday
Cold again on Sunday with patchy cloud and rain arriving later. Patchy rain on Monday though turning milder. Remaining unsettled into next week with strong winds on Monday and Tuesday.
Network Rail said multiple fallen trees have blocked lines between Manchester and Sheffield, meaning no trains can run.
Train operators TransPennine Express and Northern are among those affected by the severe weather, with many services cancelled.
The majority of flights departing Liverpool John Lennon Airport were delayed this morning due to severe weather.
The airport said: “Heavy snow falls this morning have impacted on flights in and out of the airport.
“Our teams are continuing to clear the snow so we can be fully operational again soon but please check the status of flights with your airline if travelling today.”
Two lanes are closed due to emergency pot hole repairs on the M6 northbound between J28 (Leyland) and J29 (M65 / Lostock Hall).
Travel time is around 20 minutes with queueing traffic . Lanes one and two (Of three) are closed.