A NEW warning has been issued as Lancashire is to be hit with a ‘rapid freeze’ this week.

Ice is expected to form overnight on Monday as rain and snow clears throughout the day.

The warning comes in to force from 3pm today and will run through until 11am on tomorrow.

A spokesman for the Met office said: "Rain and snow will clear southwards later Monday and overnight into Tuesday, with a rapid freeze following.

"Some hilly areas will see a further cover of 1-3 cm snow beforehand.

"Ice will become widespread over northern Scotland from around dusk, much of the rest of Scotland by late evening or the early hours, and across northern England later in the night."

Icy stretches will form on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths making conditions dangerous for users.