Springing into cold snap

Early: Alan Jackson with his early-blooming flowers
Early: Alan Jackson with his early-blooming flowers
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Spring has come early for one Penwortham gardener.

For the second year in a row, Alan Jackson, 72, has spotted daffodils blooming months too early in the front garden of his home in Corncroft.

He said: “There’s two fully out daffodils, and three that are in full bud.

“I haven’t done anything special with them, I bought a bag of cheap bulbs years ago from Dobbies in Blackpool Road, and just left them in the ground.

“They’re not a special variety, but last year I even had some out in November.

“It’s nice to have a bit of colour early on, it makes you feel like spring isn’t too far away.”

Mr Jackson’s flowers might not last very long in the wintry conditions expected to hit the region in coming days.

Experts at the Met Office have said snow is likely to fall tomorrow, interspersed with bright spells and showers.

Sleet and more snow will be widespread on Monday, with forecasters predicting a “good deal” of dry and frosty weather for the rest of January.

There will be a risk of icy stretches overnight due to clear skies and falling temperatures.