Beast from the East: How Lancashire looked one year ago when the freak snowstorm hit

The UK may still be in the winter months, but temperatures have been unseasonably high for this time of the year, with most parts of the country basking in 16C warmth.

By Claire Schofield
Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 8:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th February 2019, 9:42 am
Temperatures have been unseasonably high for this time of the year, with most parts of the country basking in 16C warmth
Temperatures have been unseasonably high for this time of the year, with most parts of the country basking in 16C warmth

The unexpected spring-like temperatures mark a huge contrast to this time last year, when the region was struck by the wintry chill of the Beast from the East, which brought snow, ice and bitter temperatures as low as -4C. Now, a year on, Lancashire is baking in much warmer climes at more than 20C higher. Here’s some then and now photos which will make you glad you aren’t having to reach for your winter woollies once again.

Hats and gloves were absolute necessities last February, as sub-zero temperatures gripped the region and a chilly -5C felt as cold as -11C.
Heavy snow showers turned the region white for more than a week, causing widespread disruption on the roads and to schools.

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The arctic weather cause widespread problems on the roads of Lancashire, although there were thankfully no really bad smashes caused by snow and ice as drivers took extra care in the hazardous conditions.
A bitter wind chill of around -10C enveloped Lancashire as the Beast from the East blew in, bringing the coldest weather some parts of the country have seen since 2013.
More than 50 schools in Lancashire were forced to close as a result of the weather, with the snowy conditions making travel too difficult. Roads outside many schools were so icy, schools reluctantly remained closed for the safety of pupils.
Severe weather warnings were issued by the Met Office, alerting of strong winds, ice and heavy snowfall. The weather posed a particular risk to older people, with people urged to check on vulnerable members of their community.
A team of 45 gritter wagons took to the main roads of the region in an effort to make them safe in the icy weather, treating 1,800 miles of Lancashires priority roads.
Despite the bitterly cold weather, the snow days saw people head outdoors to make the most of the snow while it lasted, with many going sledging, building snowmen and having snowball fights.
Parts of Lancashire have been basking in much warmer temperatures of around 15C and 16C this February stark contrast to last years bracing -4C.
The unseasonably warm weather has seen spring arrive early, bringing flowers out to bloom much quicker than normal.
Locals have been enjoying the sunny weather, enjoying days out across the region without having to wrap up warm.