THE Met Office has issued an amber weather warning of snow in the Warrington area from 4am to 6pm on Sunday.
A band of rain, heavy at times, is expected to move eastwards over the UK and with cold air in place, a spell of heavy snow – 10cm looks likely quite widely – looks likely develop.
The chief forecaster says: “There is increasing certainty in the track and location of the heaviest snow.”
Road, rail and air travel delays are likely, as well as stranding of vehicles and public transport cancellations. There is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off, the Met Office warns.
More details are available from: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings
Cheshire Police have also issued a warning to motorists to ensure the vehicles are ready for winter weather.
A spokesman said: “Drivers should be aware of changing road conditions. In severe weather stopping distances increase so stay well back from the car in front.
“If you drive too fast you put yourself and others at risk.”
An amber weather warning means there is an increased likelihood of bad weather, which could potentially cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.
Plans have been put into action as Warrington Borough Council’s gritting team prepare for icy and cold conditions over the next few days.
The authority has a fleet of gritting vehicles and 1,600 tonnes of rock salt ready to be deployed.
Shopping centres and the primary gritting routes have been treated and will continue to be monitored by gritting teams who are on standby 24 hours a day.