Prepare for the cold snap

Standby: Gritting lorries
Standby: Gritting lorries
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As the first weekend of December approaches and the Winter weather looks to be setting in, the people of Lancashire are being urged to prepare themselves for the cold.

Preston and the surrounding areas are headed for a cold snap this coming Saturday as overnight temperatures are set to plummet and icy stretches spread across the county.

According to the Met Office temperatures are expected to drop to lows of minus five degrees.

Due to the recent rainfall a spokesman from the Met Office issued the advice to take care of any standing water or any damp ground that may have iced over.

Drivers are also being warned to take care on the roads.

Mark Peacock, head of BSM, said: “Freezing weather and ice make driving conditions dangerous so drivers should take extra care.

“It’s more important than ever to plan your journey carefully and heed any local police warnings on whether to drive.

“If you do make a journey it is absolutely vital that you adjust your driving to suit the conditions.

“The key is to go easy, drive with extra care and keep the car moving smoothly, avoiding sudden movements – whether that’s with the steering wheel, brakes or accelerator.”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said; “Our gritting crews will be looking at the forecast for the weekend and will be out should the the

And ensuring householders are clued up on preparing their home for the Winter, water company, United Utilities are holding roadshows across the county.

Advisors will be on hand at Asda, Clayton-le-Woods, Preston on December 1 and 2.

Emergency plant manager Colin McDermott said: “We’re working hard to keep our huge network of pipes flowing smoothly no matter how low the temperature drops. We want to make sure people at home know how to do the same.”

The company has also bought 37 extra four-wheel drive vans to add to its winter fleet of tankers.