A WEEKEND of weather chaos in Merseyside saw blizzards and freezing temperatures turn into melting snow and flood problems.
Water pipes burst and drivers were left gridlocked on roads after heavy snow hit the region on Friday night.
But by yesterday warmer temperatures cleared the snow – leaving some areas fearful of floods.
Hundreds of people were stranded on the M6 on Friday night, with some vehicles stuck for up to 10 hours.
Drivers on the M58, which links Merseyside with the northbound M6, were also caught in tailbacks.
Meanwhile in Wirral freezing temperatures were being blamed for a burst water pipe which forced the evacuation of several business on Saturday.
Police, fire and utilities engineers battled to stem the flow from the burst 28in water main after being called out at around 11.25am to North Cheshire Business Park in Prenton.
The flood water was up to 50cm at its deepest level, affecting the road and threatening nearby houses.
Wirral council isolated the street lights and water was pumped into Prenton Brook until the burst water main was brought under control.
One woman from Wirral was caught up in the travel chaos on the M6 while on her way from Burnley, Lancashire, to Skelmersdale for a relative’s birthday party.
She said what should have been an hour-long trip started at 7pm on Friday and only ended in Skelmersdale at 5.30am.
She said drivers found inventive ways to pass the time.
She said: “A couple were walking their dog along the motorway and someone built a snowman in the middle of the road.”
The Highways Agency said the M6 was blocked in both directions between junctions 25 and 27 at around 8.30pm.
Many vehicles became stuck along the stretch of motorway between Wigan and Standish.
The forecast is for more wet and windy weather this week.