Gritters out in force across parts of Lancashire tonight

Lancashire's gritters will be out in force tonight.

Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 6:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th December 2018, 7:45 pm
Priority routes are to be gritted in North Lancashire tonight

The County Council is set to grit priority routes in North and East Lancashire.

A spokesman for the council said roads around Lancaster

They said: "Road temperatures are predicted to fall below zero in North Lancashire overnight with a risk of hoar frost and possible icy patches.

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Priority routes are to be gritted in North Lancashire tonight

"We will apply salt to all priority routes to deal with the risk but please drive carefully."

Priority routes are determined as:

++ Non-trunk Motorways and 'A' roads which are the main routes across Lancashire;

++ 'B' roads which are routes in and out of towns; roads which lead to hospitals, emergency service stations, main employment centres, and important public transport routes;

++ Single routes into villages.

With the weather set to dip into minus figures over the coming days, the authority is likely to have a busy weekend.

Snow is likely to fall with temperatures plummeting to below freezing, the Met Office says.

A low pressure weather system developing in the Atlantic is set to clash with cold air across the UK, which could see rainfall turning to snow in some parts.

The Met Office said there was still uncertainty about how far the snow could extend into southern parts of England but between 10cm (0.3ft) and 20cm (0.7ft) of snow is predicted across the Scottish Highlands and northern England.

A forecaster from the Met Office said: "Across central and eastern parts it will be colder than average, looking at highs between four and six degrees by day.

"At night time, we'll see temperatures hitting freezing tonight and then see temperatures drop below freezing tomorrow."

Central England and Wales could see nighttime temperatures plummet to -7C (19.4F), forecasters said.

High winds are also expected to sweep across the country, reaching between 40mph and 45mph. Forecasters said the winds will ease for a time on Friday but pick up again over the weekend due to the low pressure system.

Forecasters said the North East of England was likely to see adverse weather conditions due to the boundary of warm and cold air.

It is anticipated the Met Office will issue initial warnings of rain, sleet and snow for affected areas tomorrow.

"We'll see things turn a bit colder as we go through to the end of the week, Friday will be a cold day," the Met Office said.

Looking ahead to the festive period, forecasters said the weather had the potential to be unsettled.