The Met Office have issued a Cold Weather Action alert ahead of the big freeze in Manchester this weekend.
Forecasters say there is severe weather coming, with icy conditions and heavy snow predicted between 9am on Friday 23 February and 8am on Thursday 01 March.
The warning suggests the cold weather could increase risks for vulnerable people, and could potentially disrupt some health care services.
The alert reads: “Cold weather is currently established across the country with widespread overnight frosts.
“However colder conditions are expected to extend westwards across England during the weekend bringing a significant, and prolonged period of wintry weather.”
Adding: “Not everyone will see snowfall, however 5-10cm is possible where showers do line up, with the greatest risk across eastern and southeastern counties.
“These will also be accompanied by bitterly cold temperatures, and a significant wind chill.”
The ‘severe’ warning is in place for most of the country, with added advice, saying ‘prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.’
If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit www.nhs.uk. If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from www.nhs.uk/winterhealth, NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.
You can find out more information here.
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