Icy snap is heading to Preston

Cold spell: A Lancashire County Council gritter
Cold spell: A Lancashire County Council gritter
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Lancashire is bracing itself for a cold-snap after unseasonably mild weather over the festive period.

Though many parts of the county have escaped what hints of snow that have disturbed the rest of the country, dry and cold conditions have led the Met Office to issue a yellow warning for icy conditions for the rest of the week.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “It seems the worst of the snow will affect the East of the country so the North West will not really see any great snow disruption.

“The worst of the weather looks to be over for Lancashire.”

However, ice may cause trouble for some areas of the county.

“Overnight this week the outlook is set to remain largely dry but as clouds break pockets of air frost will ensue with surface temperatures close to or below freezing across much of the region.”

Gritters had been sent out prior to the cold snap to pre-empt any problems that may occur across the road networks and the trucks have been sent out each night to keep on top of the icy conditions.

A spokesman from Lancashire County Council said: “We sent out trucks at around lunchtime on Sunday and have continued to send them out over night and periodically every 12 hours.”

And the Highways Agency have issued advice for drivers who need to venture out in the icy conditions.

A spokesman said: “When you’re on the road, pay atten­tion to the chang­ing road, traf­fic and weather con­di­tions.

“Be ready to slow down and take more care if you need to, par­tic­u­larly on bends and exposed roads.

“Don’t be lulled into a false sense of secu­rity — even if you drive every day on the same stretch of road.

“In severe and win­try weather it’s even more impor­tant to plan your jour­ney.

“All of the up to date information can be accessed on the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk or by calling 0300 123 5000.

“In addi­tion, when set­ting out on jour­neys dur­ing the win­ter sea­son take with you a thermos of hot drink.”