The weather warning issued earlier in the week has been refreshed and is now forecasting snow from the early hours of Thursday into and throughout the day on Friday - aptly it's also Friday 13 January!
Northwesterly winds will bring occasional snow showers throughout Thursday. The areas most risk from any accumulations of snow will be those closer to the coast but potentially anywhere across the Northwest could see a slight covering from any heavier showers which could also be accompanied by lightning/thunder.
A cold northwesterly airstream will be in place throughout Thursday bringing occasional snow showers. Around 2cm of snow is possible even to low levels in places. 5-10cm is possible on high ground above about 200m.
On Friday, further showers of snow, sleet and hail will continue across parts of the UK, especially towards the coast, with areas well inland more likely to stay dry. 2 to 4cm of snow may affect some lowland areas, while high ground may see locally 5 to 10cm.
Disruption to transport networks seems likely either due to snow or ice. Additionally, strong winds and large waves will affect some eastern coastal areas.
A cold northerly airstream will keep the risk of wintry weather going through Friday. Some inland areas, sheltered from the northerly wind, seem likely to escape most of the showers.
Snow showers are expected to develop from Wednesday evening lasting into Thursday which, combined with strong winds, could lead to locally very poor travel conditions.
Be aware of the potential for disruption to transport due to lying and blowing snow.
Cold air originating over Arctic Canada will affect the area from Wednesday evening through Thursday, bringing snow showers and strong winds.
Wind gusts up to 55 mph are expected in exposed coastal areas and on hills in association with snow showers, leading to temporary blizzard conditions.
As well as reduced visibility, 2-5 cm of snow could accumulate anywhere within the warning area, with 10-20 cm possible above 300 m.
Lightning may accompany the heaviest showers, with potential disruption to power supplies as a consequence.
You can take a look at the beach and what's happening right now with Mount-Cam at Fleetwood and the Fylde Coast beach-cam at this link.
Snow on Cleveleys beach
Sea coming over at Blackpool
Photo: Mel Jones
Snow on the Lakes
**KEEP AWAY** From the coastline and seashore when winds are strong and tides are high.
DO NOT underestimate the power of the sea - it regularly claims lives along the length of the Fylde Coast and taking risks could mean that you are next.
Be safe. It is perfectly possible to find a good viewing spot and take good photos with a zoom lens without having to put yourself at risk.
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