Weather Poses Risk to Manchester Derby

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There are fears Sunday’s Manchester derby could be at risk due to weather concerns.
The UK Met Office warned up to eight inches of snow may fall in the hours before Manchester City versus Manchester United match.
They have also upgraded their warning from “yellow” to “amber” as snow is expected to fall between 4am and 6pm across Greater Manchester, which will be combined with sub-zero temperatures.
MailOnline reports the weather will spread to Liverpool, which means there could also be a risk to the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton.
A late kick-off for the Manchester derby, which gives room for snow to settle and temperatures of minus one degrees, portend a real risk.
Manchester United ground, the Old Trafford, does have undersoil heating, which means the on-field action is unlikely to be impacted by the weather.
Reports say United plan to hold talks with local authorities should the weather become an issue.
A Met Office spokesperson said today: “Make sure you take close note of local emergency services. If you do have to travel, make extra time for journeys. It (weather) could cause disruption to transport services.
“Take extra care as there is the chance of ice being around as well.”