The Fylde coast missed out on an early Christmas snow shower – but forecasters have warned of icy conditions as temperatures plummet.
Parts of the North West – including Burnley and Rossendale – enjoyed a sprinkling of snow as part of this week’s ‘weather bomb’ phenomenon, but little settled on the coast.
Despite clearer weather yesterday, forecasters have revealed the region can expect some icy conditions into the weekend, with a yellow warning in place until 11am today.
Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said drivers would need to take extra care, with thousands of people expected to travel to shopping centres across the region less than two weeks before Christmas.
She added: “Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces during Friday night and early Saturday morning, particularly where showers have occurred during Friday.
“The showers will fall as sleet or snow over hills and to low levels in the north.
“Clearing skies will allow the temperature to fall below freezing with ice a hazard on untreated surfaces.
“The public is advised to take extra care.”
Gusts touching 70mph affected much of the Fylde coast on Wednesday into Thursday, with Bank Hey Street in Blackpool closed for six hours after safety concerns.
Police chose to close the town centre street from 11am to 5pm on Thursday after worries about falling debris.
The decision came after this week’s ‘weather bomb’ phenomenon, caused by a storm which increases in size and power as the pressure at its centre drops drastically, causing the storm to blow out of control.
Mrs Maxey said calmer conditions are expected, with temperatures expected to improve.
She added: “Temperatures moving throughout the weekend should reach double figures as the weather front moves south.”