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Snow expected for Merseyside, Manchester derbies

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BURNLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Snow covered rooftops in between the James Hargreaves and Jimmy McIlroy Stands ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on January 17, 2015 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Plenty of the U.S. is coping admirably with winter weather right now but when it snows in England, plenty of people freak out a little bit.

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The British Isles is, of course, used to plenty of rain but not snow, and a band of cold weather could cause havoc ahead of both the Merseyside and Manchester derbies on Sunday.

Snow and freezing conditions are forecast throughout Saturday evening and Sunday morning across most of the UK, but particularly in the North West of England where both Liverpool and Manchester are located.

Right now, both Liverpool v. Everton and Manchester United v. Manchester City will go ahead as planned.

Snow has already fallen in the north west of England on Saturday with Burnley’s win against Watford painting a wonderfully wintry picture at Turf Moor.

The pitches at both Anfield and Old Trafford will likely be fine with undersoil heating making them playable even in freezing conditions, but the main concern for both clubs will be fans getting to the stadiums as infrastructure in England is not used to dealing with snow.

Plenty of journeys will be longer than expected and there will be plenty of challenges along the way for fans getting to Anfield and Old Trafford.
Liverpool released the following statement ahead of their clash with Everton:

“Due to the inclement weather forecast on Sunday, Liverpool FC would like to remind supporters to take extra care when travelling to Anfield and encourage fans to plan their journey in advance.”

Seeing two massive local derbies in snowy conditions would be pretty awesome to kick off the festive period, but there’s always a risk that one, or both, of the games could be postponed due to the inclement weather.

Watch this space.

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