The Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert for Saturday and Sunday.
Forget your big coat, you might be better off staying in this weekend as a yellow weather alert warning of snow and ice has been issued for Manchester by the Met Office. The weather warning is in place from midday on Saturday until 10am on Sunday morning.
Forecasters have warned there could be up to 10 – 20cm of snow in hilly areas, and two – five centimetres on lower levels. The snow may turn to freezing rain leading to widespread ice developing on Saturday night. Northern parts of the region, such as Rochdale and Oldham, are more likely to be affected.
A statement on the Met Office website said:
“There is a risk of snow developing with strong southeasterly winds affecting the northern UK on Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning.
“The snow could be heavy at times, especially over hills where blizzards may develop, and is likely to drift in strong winds.”
Forecasters have warned the weather may cause traffic delays, public transport cancellations and power cuts. There is a risk some pavements and cycle paths could become dangerous if untreated due to black ice.
Temperatures are set to become very chilly with highs of just 4C predicted for tomorrow which will tumble to -4C overnight. On Friday there will be highs of 2C or 3C and bitter wind which the Met Office says will make it seem like -5C in some places. By Sunday temperatures are expected to climb again, with forecasters predicting highs of 6C.