Pretty much all of Lancashire experienced a blanket white-out, with temperatures hovering around zero or worse.
The M65 motorway saw long delays in both directions from Preston across to Colne. It forced the closure of more than 120 Lancashire schools giving pupils a welcome day off to play in the snow. The Met Office said up to four inches of snow lay on the ground in some parts at breakfast-time, particularly on higher ground. In 1975 snow forced the abandonment of cricket matches in Derbyshire and Essex on June 2 and Britain had a white Easter in 2008. With both sides of the Pennines badly affected, there were no flights out of Leeds-Bradford Airport during the morning and some flights at Manchester experienced delays due to the weather. The county woke up to a white carpet, bringing chaos on the roads The worst problems on the roads were in the east of the county, although central Lancashire suffered some disruption as conditions deteriorated around the morning rush hour. But, while another major snowfall later in the month must rate as doubtful, weather-watchers pointed out it is not unheard of for the UK to see an Arctic blast in April, even May and June. For the rest of this week, showers or longer spells of rain are likely on Sunday but also brighter interludes. It will be windy everywhere, with a widespread risk of gales, perhaps severe on coasts and hills. Next week will stay rather wet and windy with frequent showers or longer spells of rain and a few brighter intervals.