Storm Franklin weekend weather forecast for Lancashire and Cumbria

Three weather warnings are in place in Lancashire and Cumbria heading into the weekend.

A yellow weather warning for ice is in effect until 9am this morning (February 19), this covers all of Cumbria and Lancashire.

Storm Eunice hit the county yesterday with gales over 80 mph and it left thousands of people without power and fallen trees blocking roads across both counties.

READ MORE: Storm Eunice live: Hundreds without power, Preston station evacuated and roads closed

People were told to stay home for the day and not travel due to concerns about flying debris caused by the gusts.

Preston station was evacuated due to storm damage to the chamber.

Speaking of the yellow ice warning, the Met Office said: ‘A mix of wintry showers and clear spells are likely to lead to a cold night with icy patches developing on untreated surfaces.

Untreated roads and cycle paths may have patches of ice, so people are advised to be careful.

On Sunday, a yellow wind warning is in place covering the Cumbria and Lancashire coast.

It is in place from Sunday 12 p.m. to Monday 12 p.m.

Very strong winds are expected over parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and also parts of the Irish Sea coast.

The warning covers Wigton, Aspatria, Maryport, Workington, Cockermouth, Whitehaven, Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere, Kendal, Ulverston, Barrow, Blackpool, Preston and Ormskirk.

What to expect

  • There is a slight risk of damage to buildings, such as tiles blowing off roofs
  • There is a small chance that injury and danger to life may occur from large waves and beach materials being thrown onto beach fronts, coastal roads and properties
  • There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected

A separate yellow rain warning is also in place for rain on Sunday between midnight and 6 p.m. It includes Blackburn, Burnley, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Pendle, Ribble Valley, Fleetwood, Lancaster, Morecambe and all of Cumbria.

Heavy rain is expected to cause disruption on Sunday. Flooding of some homes and businesses is likely.

Up to 40mm of rain was expected to hit the county, with the possibility of 75-100mm falling at some exposed sites.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “A band of heavy rain will affect parts of North West England on Sunday and will become slow for some time with very heavy rain, particularly in higher ground.

“The duration and intensity of rainfall could bring widespread totals of 20-40mm, but some exposed sites could see 75-100mm on Sunday – however – this will fall over already saturated ground. Rain is expected to clear to the south by Sunday evening.”

Sunday’s weather will be named Storm Franklin – making it the third to hit the UK in just one week.

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