Balmy Preston escapes the freeze as Lancashire shivers

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Despite warnings of snow expected overnight the white stuff failed to materialise for Central Lancashire.

But elsewhere other parts of the county have woken to a blanket of snow this morning.

The Met Office gave Lancashire a yellow warning yesterday and Lancashire County Council said all priority routes in Chorley, Preston, South Ribble and West Lancashire would be gritted in preparation for the snow.

However in a picture taken this morning in Fulwood,Preston the scene was not one of a winter wonderland but instead of just a wet and dreary morning.

And things aren’t going to get any whiter either according to the Met Office who have said any rain, sleet or snow is going to die out overnight, with most places becoming dry but cloudy, and cold tomorrow.

Meanwhile scenes in East Lancashire have seen snow coming down thick and fast and several school’s have had to be closed due to the weather.

Other areas of East Lancashire had avoided the heavy snow that was predicted to fall overnight. However, some areas, including Oswaldtwistle, Colne and Burnley experienced flurries.

There have also been problems on the roads this morning with Burnley Road, in Accrington, reported to be very icy despite the work of gritters who were out across the region in force last night as temperatures fell to as low as -1C.