BIG CHILL: Freezing temperatures here to stay for Lancashire

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Icy conditions are set to continue causing problems throughout the rest of the week.

The MET Office said there is a 90 per cent chance Lancashire will suffer severe cold and icy conditions until at least Thursday.

Experts said there is likely to be widespread overnight frosts, with scattered showers leading to lying snow and icy stretches.

They warned that prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

Widespread freezing overnight temperatures have also generated a surge in breakdown calls to the AA.

So far today, the AA has attended around 10,000 breakdowns nationwide – peaking this morning at around 2,000 every hour.

As well as affecting the operation of the car, poor driving conditions have seen a number of cars stuck in snow or ice with the AA alone rescuing 56 vehicles since yesterday; and it has deployed its specially-trained Land Rover crews.

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s severe weather team, says: “Even the most experienced drivers can be caught out in these icy conditions.

“Some people naively assume that standard road tyres are ‘all season’ ones for year-round use but they’re actually ‘summer’ tyres and aren’t nearly as effective on snow and ice as a proper ‘winter’ tyre.

“While it’s neither practical nor economic for everyone to have winter tyres, it’s therefore important to keep your speed down and leave a much bigger gap between you and the car in front, as stopping distances can increase ten fold on snow and ice.

“You also need to ease off a lot earlier when approaching a junction or roundabout; and, if you see someone up ahead pull out, bear in mind that they could be struggling for grip too, so you need to give them more space.”

The AA recommends at least 3mm of tyre tread for better grip in winter (no less than 2mm at other times), compared to the legal minimum of 1.6mm.