High winds set to follow in Lancashire after snow and ice

Wintry conditions: A man walking his dog on a frosty hill in the Ribble Valley, Lancs, by Thomas Temple

Wintry conditions: A man walking his dog on a frosty hill in the Ribble Valley, Lancs, by Thomas Temple

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After a wave of snow and ice hit Lancashire yesterday people are now being warned to prepare for high winds which are set to tear across the region tonight.

The Met Office has warned an amber alert weather warning could be served across the North West from 4-7pm as gale-force winds could reach up to 70mph, disrupting transport and power supplies.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “Extra traffic officers and recovery resources will be deployed in the event of incidents caused by the weather and drivers are being urged to pay extra attention to weather and driving conditions before setting out on journeys.”

The warning comes after Lancashire was struck by ice, snow and hail yesterday which caused many residents to take to social media to complain about the lack of gritting on the roads despite Lancashire County Council saying they were “well prepared for the wintry weather.”

Yesterday motorway police were called to the Lostock Hall area in South Ribble because of vehicles losing control on the ice.

However the council reassured drivers that hundreds of miles of roads were gritted in Lancashire.

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’ve made detailed preparations for wintry weather which focus on keeping traffic moving by concentrating gritting on the main routes.

“We’re as ready as we can be for any prolonged severe weather.

Electricity North West have also drafted in extra engineers to be prepared for repair work after the predicted gales.