LIVERPOOL is braced for snow and sleet as freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions are expected to hit Merseyside on Friday.
Forecasters predict snow will come down in the early hours of tomorrow morning and throughout the day with the winter weather set to cause problems across city.
The Met Office has suggested there will be heavy snowfall on Friday evening and into Saturday. Claire House has already announced its marathon is cancelled.
Watch Manager John Cousins, whose responsibility includes road safety in Merseyside for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “We rescue more people from crashes on Merseyside’s roads than we do from house fires. The risk of a crash occurring increases when weather conditions produce ice and snow. Ensure your windscreen and other windows are clear of snow and ice before starting any journey
“We advise that motorists check road conditions and use slower speeds and allow more time for their journey. Check traffic information and weather information before leaving their homes. In extreme weather condition only travel if the journey is essential.”
More than 25cms of snow is forecast to fall, with a substantial amount falling in Liverpool and temperatures plummeting below zero. Motorists and commuters are advised to check for updates.
Liverpool Council has had gritters on the city's roads overnight while the rough sleeper winter shelter at the Whitechapel Centre is still open.
A spokesman added: "We will be keeping a close eye on the latest updates from the Met office to make sure we are as well prepared as we can be.
"We would also urge people who may have elderly or vulnerable neighbours to look out for them should the weather worsen."
Merseyrail added they will be taking their usual measures to try and keep any disruption to a minimum.
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