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Think about your journey ahead of snowfall forecast

Lancashire County Council's gritting teams are preparing to keep our roads moving ahead of a wintry spell predicted to hit the county over the coming hours.

People are warned to expect icy conditions on the roads, and leave extra time for their journeys, as a band of sleet and snow moves across the region on Thursday morning.

The council's highway teams will be gritting the roads this evening, with another treatment planned before the morning rush hour to minimise the impact of any snowfall.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice covering Lancashire from 6am on Thursday until Friday morning.

The gritters will be treating the approximately 1,500 miles of the county council's priority road network, however conditions could be more difficult on untreated surfaces.

County Councillor Scott Smith, lead member for highways and active travel, said: "Our gritting teams will be busy tonight making sure the main routes which we treat ahead of any ice and snow have plenty of salt on them.

"However, there could be some icy patches on the roads tomorrow morning, and conditions could be more difficult for a time as the band of snow moves across Lancashire.

"The forecast at the moment is quite uncertain about how much snow will fall over any particular area, however we're as prepared as we can be, and I'd advise everyone to do the same and consider how it could affect their journeys tomorrow.

"There's plenty of advice about how to be prepared, and driving safely during the winter, on our website, however please check the latest forecast before you travel, and always drive according to the conditions as even roads which have been gritted could be difficult during a snow shower."

Lancashire County Council has a fleet of 45 frontline gritters which can treat the approximately 1,500 miles of the county council's priority road network within around four hours, but may take longer in severe weather.

People who live on or near a gritting route are asked to park considerately and leave room for the gritters to get past, as poor parking often causes problems and can lead to routes not being fully treated.

People are also asked not to use more salt and sand from the county's almost 3,000 roadside grit bins than they need to, as they can only be refilled when resources are available, and keeping the main routes clear always has to be the top priority.

You can find out more about gritting in Lancashire, including which roads are gritted, and what you can do to prepare at You can also get the latest gritting updates and winter weather advice by searching #LancsWinter on X.