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Rain from the west turning to sleet & snow inland

Radar at 4.45pm Tuesday 20th Jan 2015 Credit: Met Office

An area of rain is moving in from the west. Outbreaks of sleet or snow are expected to develop inland - extending northeastwards before sinking south. Settling snow is likely overnight, mainly on higher ground above around 150 m and especially for the Peak District.

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Fire Service advice for those driving in the snow

Bright sunshine and ice are a deadly combination for drivers.

Now Cheshire firefighters are urging motorists to take even more care in the wintry weather.

It follows two collisions in the Macclesfield area.

Here are a few checks that you can do, to make sure your car is ready for winter:

  • Keep the lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice and snow
  • Make sure wipers and lights are in good working order
  • Add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the windscreen washer bottles
  • Check that tyres have plenty of tread depth and are maintained at the correct pressure
  • Pack a snow/ice scraper, de-icer, snow shovel, hat, gloves, boots, a torch, bottle of water and a first aid kit. For longer journeys, you should take blankets, a snack and a flask of warm drink.
  • Wash the car frequently to get rid of the salt and dirt that builds up over the winter.
  • Always keep a full tank of fuel - you never know when you might get delayed.
  • Don't use water to defrost the windows.
Snowy driving conditions can be treacherous. Credit: Press Association.

Driving tips during bad weather:

  • Slowing down
  • Keeping a greater distance between yourself and the vehicle in front - increase the 2 second rule to 4 seconds or even more
  • Setting aside extra time to complete your journey
  • Keep your mobile fully charged.
  • On colder days be particularly careful on tree lined roads - the trees prevent the sun's warmth from reaching the road, which may still be icy when all around has thawed.
Take care when driving in snowy and icy conditions.

Your pictures: The first flurries of snow for 2015

Kids love the snow, as this picture from Damien Cunliffe shows.
Many of us woke up to a blanket of show, including Granada twitter follower @SettleKaren
Viewer @M80KDA sent us this picture of Blackburn.
The snow caused some traffic disruption today, as shown in this picture from Twitter follower @migrhodes shows.
This picture-postcard shot was send to us on Facebook by Les Goggins.
A frosty morning in Accrington, from viewer Alex Chall.

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