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Motorists warned about snow on car roofs

Edmund King, president of the AA, has warned of people driving so-called "snowman cars" by not clearing off the piles of snow on top of their vehicles before getting behind the wheel.

Drivers must clear the snow off their windscreens, lights and tops of their cars before setting out.

This morning we have spotted lots of 'snowman cars', which are cars driving along with piles of snow on their tops.

I saw one sports car this morning on the M3 with almost a snowman of its roof but the dangerous thing was that it was being followed by a motorcycle.

The hardened snow could have been a real hazard, had it fallen off in the path of the motorcycle.

We have also seen drivers peering out of small openings on their windscreen as if they were driving a tank.

The other issue is the number of cars with their lights and indicators compacted with hardened snow.

Drivers need to take a broom to clear excess snow off their vehicles before setting out.

– AA president Edmund King

Snow in the North West: Your pictures

Mark McCreadie captured this scenic view of Blackburn this morning Credit: Twitter: @makjak001
Jenny Evans sent in this picture of Bickershaw Pond in Wigan Credit: Twitter: @jeni_evans
Keeley sent us a picture of five-year-old Hermione from Darwen sledging in the snow Credit: Twitter: @keeiddon78
Runcorn has been coated with snow, shown in this picture sent in from Claire Credit: Twitter: @clairephenna
The snowy village of Diggle this morning Credit: Keri Eldridge
Jo Fildes sent in this picture of Atherton Central Park Credit: TwitterL @jofildes

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Snow forecast by 6am Friday

Weathermap showing where snow could be falling tomorrow Credit: Met Office

The North West should see some snow falling by 6am tomorrow morning, weather forecasters have said.

It will be very cold across the patch, with a biting and raw south-easterly wind. ITV Granada's Kerrie Gosney said that could cause blizzard conditions where it meets the falling snow.

Rain will push in from the west and southwest and will turn to snow as it moves inland.

But we don't yet know where exactly the snow will fall. Yesterday forecasters were predicting a UK-wide white out. The latest guidance says Merseyside and Cheshire will be worst hit in the North West.

Snow is expected to fall elsewhere in the region. Those snowfalls should be lighter but wind could cause drifting in places.

A Met Office Amber warning is still in place for the region. Areas prone to snow could see between 10 and 15cm of snow.

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