THE region is braced for three days of wild weather including as much as 20cm of snow, 100mm of rain and 70mph gales, according to forecasters.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for snow, rain and wind as Storm Hannah approaches the UK.

Snow warnings are in place for northern parts of the North West, with forecasters predicting up to 20cm of snow on higher ground on Saturday.

Snow is likely on hills across Greater Manchester but yellow weather warnings are in place for rain and wind, with gales of up to 70mph and 100mm of rain predicted to fall on Saturday.

The latest storm comes after Storm Gareth brought rain and heavy winds across the region this week.

This Is Lancashire:

NORTH WEST ENGLAND WEATHER FORECAST

FRIDAY

Bright or sunny spells will be interspersed with occasional blustery showers. The showers will be heavy and mixed with hail at times, and may be wintry over the hill tops. Feeling cold in the strong and gusty wind. Maximum temperature 11 °C.

Becoming dry with clear spells in the evening, but after midnight rain and strengthening winds will spread northwards, with snow falling over the Cumbrian Fells and north Pennines by morning. Minimum temperature 0 °C.

SATURDAY

Outbreaks of rain and hill snow will continue for much of the day, but will turn showery during the afternoon with some brighter spells at times. Windy with coastal gales. Maximum temperature 9 °C.

SUNDAY TO TUESDAY

Sunny spells and blustery showers Sunday, with some hill snow. A frosty start Monday, then sunny spells and light winds. Cloudier on Tuesday with perhaps some patchy rain.