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Latest news:

4:55pm Severe delays expected on the M6 southbound

Two lanes to be closed for resurfacing after diesel spill around junction 28. Full story here

3.15pm - Here's the latest forecast from the Met Office - in short, there's more snow to come...

3pm - Fire crews have left the scene following this morning's gas leak.

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12.40pm - Here's the latest on the yellow weather warnings

11.44am - M6 slip road closed

M6 J26 south entry slip closed (from #M58) near #Wigan ... HGV shed load across the slip road, may be closed for some time. We'll let you know when the slip road re-opens

11.30am - Fire crews are at the scene of a gas leak

Emergency services are in Chorley this morning after a van crashed into gas works - causing gas to leak out. Full story

11.15am - Taken time off today due to school closures? These are your rights

With snow forecast in many parts of the country school closures are very likely. Children love it, working parents don't.

But what rights do parents have when they have to call their employer asking to take time off? Full details here

10.42am - One lane closed on the M6 southbound

One lane closed due to vehicle tyre change on M6 Southbound from J34 A683 (Lancaster) to J33 A6 Preston Lancaster Road (Lancaster South / Garstang). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of three) is closed.

10.40am - Chorley residents told to leave bins out if they aren't collected due to the 'freezing weather'

Chorley residents are being advised to leave their bins out for collection if they haven't been emptied today. Read more

10.23am - Second weather warning in place for Lancashire

A second warning for snow and ice is then in place from 3pm tomorrow (31 Jan) until 12pm on Friday (1 Feb). Read the full forecast here

10.10am - Fulwood school boy cycles home in the snow with no coat because it was the wrong colour

A Fulwood school boy was sent home from school in the snow on his bike with no coat because it was the wrong colour, his mum claims. Full story

Making the most of it: 7-year-old Cole Johnson and his step dad Peter Harrison building a snowman

9.24am - It's still treacherous out there - be careful

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9.05am - Major delays in Chorley after jackknifed lorry blocks road

A major road in Chorley has been blocked this morning due to a jackknifed lorry.

Read more here

9am - Significant delays on the M61

Motorists are experiencing significant delays on the M61 as snow chaos continues to affect drivers across the North West. Full story here

8.50am - Delays to Stagecoach services

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Here is the full list

8.40am - 34 schools are now closed across Chorley, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Rossendale and West Lancashire

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8.35am - We've also received a lots of wonderful pics

Take a look through our gallery here

8.33am - Thankfully, it's not all bad news :)

8.30am - Queueing traffic following M61 accident

A spokesman from the AA said: "Queueing traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on M61 Northbound from J8 A674 Millennium Way (Chorley) to J9 M65 J2 (Clayton Brook)."

8.15am - Heavy congestion across the motorway network

Heavy congestion on the M61, M58, M66, M65 and M6 this morning.

8.10am - More bus services affected

Service 25 Clitheroe-Blackburn is currently unable to serve Shear Brow, Limbrick or Abbott Brow due to snow and ice on roads.

Service 35 will also be unable to serve Shear Brow  

8.05am - Lane 2 and 3 of the M6 closed between J32-33

J32-33 M6 NB lane 2 and 3 closure due to a large pot hole  

8am - Warning of black ice

Jon Griffiths tells us: 
Where Longsands Lane meets Eastway black ice, lethal conditions for the school bus ...looks like not been gritted

7.52am - Travel woes for residents in Buckshaw

7.50am - Good news for rail users

National Rail say most of the services in and out of Preston are running as normal at the moment.

Only the 7.47am to Manchester Airport has been cancelled so far.

Most trains, including those to Blackpool, Scotland and the East of the county are running on time.

7.45am - Bus services affected across Preston

Preston Bus says snow and ice are affecting services across the city, with their own staff struggling to get into bus depots.

A spokesman said: "Reports have been received that conditions in the East of Preston, and in South Ribble and Chorley areas are expected to impact services. 
"No services have been cancelled as yet, but delays are expected as vehicles struggle to get through on icy roads.
"Staff travelling to work are also experiencing difficulties getting in to Preston from rural areas, and this is likely to further impact services.
"Apologies for any inconvenience - we will update as we know more details.

7.40am - more delays on the M6

The M6 is badly affected between Penrith and Kirkby Lonsdale. The motorway is reportedly down to two lanes between junctions 39 and 37. One motorist reported it being "barely passable" in some parts.

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7.36am - All runways shut at Manchester Airport

We're hearing reports that all runways are shut at Manchester Airport this morning.

More to follow.

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7.25am - Full list of school closures across Lancashire

These are the schools closed due to adverse weather conditions:

Hyndburn & Ribble Valley

  • Accrington Green Haworth Church of England Primary School 


  • Alder Grange School
  • Haslingden Hillside Nursery School
  • Haslingden Primary School
  • Waterfoot Primary School
  • Whitworth Community High School 

Full list here

7.20am - Delays on the M6

Heavy congestion on the M6 southbound between junctions J27 and J25 is causing delays of one and a half hours. Normal traffic conditions are expected between 8.30am and 8.40am.

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