Hyndburn could be hit by violent snow drifts later this week, the Met Office has warned.
Heavy snow is set to hit the region on Wednesday and Thursday - with up to 20 cm of snow falling in some areas.
The Met Office has issued a 'yellow warning' to urge drivers and commuters to take precautions as Arctic winds from Canada hit the north west of England.
They say that blizzards and snow showers will severely reduce visibility on the roads and the strong possibility of lightning could also lead to the phenomenon known as 'thunder-snow'.
Temperatures are expected to plunge to below freezing and snow showers could fall across Hyndburn on Wednesday at around 6pm.
The warning remains in place until at least 12noon on Thursday.
The Met Office warning reads: "Snow showers are expected to develop from Wednesday evening lasting into Thursday. These, 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."
It continues: "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."
Heavy rain showers are expected on Thursday evening, which could turn into sleet and snow overnight.
The cold weather is expected to stay until next weekend, with ‘hard overnight frosts’ also expected.
Oli Clayton, a Met Office forecaster, said: “There is certainly a chance of snow. There is a change in weather patterns happening on Wednesday.
“It will get colder on Wednesday due to arctic air from the North West. There will be flurries of showers from the North West, that could be slightly wintry.
“It is best to keep an eye out later in the week to see where exactly it could snow.
“The further North West the more likely there is a chance of snow.”