Residents are being warned to check on vulnerable neighbours as the ‘Beast from the East’ plunges temperatures to as low as MINUS SIX degrees.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning of snow for Hyndburn for Tuesday and Wednesday, with the possibility of more severe weather to follow later in the week.
Public Health England is advising that homes should be heated to at least 18 degrees to ensure people don’t become ill as a result of the cold.
The Met Office forecast predicts that temperatures in the borough will fall to around minus four degrees on Tuesday night, dropping to minus six by 6am on Wednesday morning - but wind chill could make it feel like minus 11 degrees.
Heavy snow is forecast to begin around 5am on Tuesday morning, with snow showers continuing throughout the day and overnight.
Lancashire County Councillor Shaun Turner, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We’re expecting a bitterly cold week ahead, and it’s important that people do what they need to do to stay warm and healthy.
“Advice from Public Health England is to ensure your home is heated to at least 18’C, wear several thin layers rather than one thick one, move about your home, and eat warm food.
“We’ll be continuing to visit vulnerable people who already receive our support, but we’re asking everyone who is aware of a vulnerable friend, neighbour or family member to check that they’re okay and whether they need anything, particularly if we they don’t want to venture out during severe weather.”
With snow forecast from the early hours of Tuesday, the county council’s 45 gritting crews will be treating the roads tonight.
County Coun Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, added: “Our gritting crews have already been treating the roads in recent days to deal with the cold and frosty weather, and we’re well prepared for more severe conditions forecast over the coming week.
“Our first priority always has to be to keep traffic moving on the main routes when severe weather hits, and I’d ask people to be cautious as roads can be icy even after they’ve been gritted. Please also be particularly careful on untreated roads and pavements, and if conditions are particularly bad, consider whether your journey is essential.
“If you do need to travel, allow extra time for your journey, check your vehicle before setting out, and take extra warm clothing and a drink in case you do encounter any problems.”
Lancashire County Council has 45 frontline gritters, which can treat the 1,800 miles of the county council’s priority road network within around four hours, but may take longer in severe conditions.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said that snow showers are expected on Tuesday, accompanied by very low temperatures.
They added: “There is the potential for travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.
“Some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”
Similar wintry conditions are predicted to continue throughout Wednesday.
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