People in the North West are being warned of an 'enhanced risk of snow' towards the end of the month as a band of cold weather sweeps in.

According to the Met Office a band of chilly weather will make its way towards the region in the last week of January and early February, bringing with it a chance of snow.

A spokesman said: "Winds will be strong with a risk of gales in the north at times.

"Thereafter, it looks set to remain mainly cold, unsettled and sometimes windy, with any milder spells tending to be brief and associated with longer spells of rain.

"The rain could turn to snow almost anywhere, but particularly across northern and central areas, especially later in this period."

Meanwhile, tonight is likely to be dry and cloudy for most areas with rain spreading into the North West later in the evening.

On Saturday and Sunday we can expect patchy rain.