The battle was on to get Christmas presents and cards delivered on time, following yet another week of sub-zero temperatures.
Royal Mail has been carrying out extra evening deliveries across the area to help clear a backlog of letters and parcels caused by the bad weather.
Postmen and women have been working extra shifts on Sundays and people have been receiving mail in the evening between 4pm and 6pm, on top of their normal deliveries.
The service says it is trying to ensure everyone receives their gifts and cards in time for Christmas, after the worst conditions they have experienced for over 30 years.
The county council battled to keep all major routes open as heavy snowfall and icy conditions wreaked havoc on festive travel plans. It used 1,100 tonnes of grit last Friday alone after heavy snowfall. Sub-contractors and JCBs were drafted in to help clear secondary roads and sand was dropped on town centre pavements and around railway stations.
The council said it has ample supplies and is way off the point of having to ration it.
County councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We’ve been well prepared for the latest spell of snow and icy weather and have kept traffic moving on the main routes – although with the amount of snow we’ve had some routes have only been passable with care.
"I’d ask drivers to be careful as some of the main roads remain icy in places despite our gritters having ploughed and salted the main routes a number of times over the weekend."
Bins went unemptied as collectors were unable to reach around 40 properties. Hyndburn Borough Council promised to take away extra bags from affected homes on its next collection.
It also confirmed deliveries of the free bags of grit were on track, with the last bags of a total of about 8,500 being delivered in Hyndburn this week.
Meanwhile, the Met Office has confirmed the weather is here to stay with temperatures forecast to remain as low as minus 8 over the Christmas weekend and icy roads continuing to be a hazard.
And shoppers at the Poundstretcher store in Accrington were left shivering, due to two faulty heaters.
Spokesman Martin Collinson said temporary heaters had had to be installed, although the repairs were due to be completed by Thursday.
He said: "Clearly the temperatures being experienced throughout the country are exceptional and are putting great strain on heating systems in many retail premises.
"We would like to thank all our staff at the Accrington store, and indeed at other stores throughout the country which are experiencing similar difficulties, for their continued hard work in these difficult circumstances."