An icy blast bringing snow and treacherous driving conditions caused travel chaos in Hyndburn this morning.
Major routes including the M65 were gridlocked and commuters experienced long delays as the region’s road networks struggled to cope.
There were also reports of treacherous roads in Oswaldtwistle.
Transdev Lancashire said ther X1 and 180 and 280 services were running up to an hour late while other bus routes had delays of 45 minutes.
Lancashire County Council, which is responsible for ensuring roads are treated in severe weather, said their gritters were out from lunchtime on Tuesday ahead of the forecast snow and ice.
The blast of wintry weather has been caused by an Atlantic low pressure system.
Frank Saunders, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said: “As we go on into Friday and the weekend, we expect temperatures to drop once again - although only close to or just below average for the time of year. This will bring the risk of some snow showers in northern parts of the UK and perhaps over higher ground further south.”
More snow is on the way according to Met Office forecasters with wintry showers expected on Saturday and temperatures are set to plummet over the weekend as low as minus four degrees.