Snow and ice to blanket Lancashire in 'rapid freeze' as Met Office issues weather warning

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The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for ice and snow with Lancashire expected to experience a "rapid freeze" this week.

The Met Office has said ice will become widespread over most of Scotland by late evening tonight (January 11), spreading to northeast and northwest England overnight.

Snow and heavy rain will clear leaving icy stretches on untreated roads and pavements as temperatures drop into early Tuesday.

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The yellow ice warning, which comes into force from 3pm today (January 11) until 1am tomorrow (January 12), covers most of Lancashire including Preston, South Ribble, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Chorley, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Ribble Valley and Lancaster.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "Rain and snow will clear southwards later Monday and overnight into Tuesday, with a rapid freeze following.

"Some hilly areas will see a further cover of 1-3cm snow beforehand.

"Ice will become widespread over northern Scotland from around dusk, much of the rest of Scotland by late evening or the early hours, and across northern England later in the night."

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Meteorologists have also warned there is a chance of heavy snow across parts of Lancashire on Wednesday (January 13), which could cause "significant travel disruption."

The weather could cause "significant travel disruption."The weather could cause "significant travel disruption."
The weather could cause "significant travel disruption."

The yellow weather warning for snow comes into place from 5am on Wednesday until 9pm on Thursday (January 14).

The agency said: "Heavier snowfall is more likely above 150m, where 5-15cm of snow may accumulate, and possibly as much as 30cm of snow in a few locations.

"At lower levels 2-5cm may accumulate but there remains a possibility that milder air makes more inroads, with the snow turning back to rain more widely, in this case snowfall would largely be restricted to the highest ground.

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"A brief period of freezing rain, which would bring areas of ice, is possible in the western, especially southwestern, part of the warning area on Wednesday morning."

Yellow weather warning for ice - here's what to expect:

- Icy stretches will form on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

- Higher likelihood of accidents and injuries due to icy surfaces.

Yellow weather warning for snow - here's what to expect:

- There is a small chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel.

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- There is a slight chance that some rural communities, mainly those at higher elevations, 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.

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