Snow and ice to blanket Lancashire as Met Office issues yellow weather warning

Up to 15cm of snow looks set to blanket huge swathes of the UK this weekend, with the whole of Lancashire included in the Met Office warning.

The warning means roads and railways are likely to suffer disruption, and a "small chance" untreated pavements and cycle paths could become impassable.

Not all areas covered by the warning will have snow, but where it does fall 1-4cm is likely, with up to 15cm possible over high ground.

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The warning, which covers all of Lancashire, is in place from midnight on Saturday (February 13) until 11.59pm the same day.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "A band of snow is likely to arrive into Northern Ireland during the early hours of Saturday, then move east into parts of England, Wales and Scotland through the day.

"Not all areas will have snow, but where it does fall 1-4 cm are possible widely, with 5-10 cm, perhaps up to 15 cm over high ground.

"In addition to snow, some freezing rain may also fall in places, leading to very slippery conditions. Across Northern Ireland, snow is likely to turn to rain during the afternoon."

Here's what to expect, according to the Met Office

Up to 15cm of snow looks set to blanket huge swathes of the UK this weekend.

- Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services. Small chance of more prolonged delays with stranded vehicles and cancelled rail and air travel.

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- There is a slight chance that some rural communities could become cut off

- There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected

- A small chance that untreated pavements and cycle paths become impassable

Here is the full weather forecast for Lancashire this week:

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Today (February 10):

A frosty morning, with sunny spells and patchy cloud following throughout the day. While largely dry for western areas, scattered snow showers remain likely over the Pennines. Feeling cold, with winds easing but staying brisk. Maximum temperature 2 °C.

Tonight (February 10):

A clear and largely dry night, with the odd isolated snow shower in the east. Clear skies will allow a widespread harsh frost and freezing fog to form. Very cold. Minimum temperature -9 °C.

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Thursday (February 11):

A frosty start with lingering fog in places. A fine and dry day following, with plenty of sunny spells. Windy along coasts and feeling cold, with further frost likely overnight. Maximum temperature 4 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday (February 12 - February 13):

Remaining dry with sunny spells for Friday and Saturday, feeling cold with overnight frost. Becoming wet and windy Sunday with further snow and coastal gales possible.

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