Weather warnings in place as wind and snow hits the region

Weather warnings are in place as freezing temperatures and snow continue to hit the region

Snowy weather near Rothbury, Northumberland
Snowy weather near Rothbury, Northumberland

Weather warnings are in place as freezing temperatures and snow continue to hit the region.

Wintry showers and gale force winds are expected to hit parts of Northumberland today as temperatures are expected to remain low.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind across the North East and have warned motorists to take care on the region’s roads.

Forecasters predict that high winds and wintry showers will batter Northumberland National Park and persistent snow is expected to arrive this afternoon.

Yesterday commuters faced delays as ice wreaked havoc on the region’s roads.

 

The A66 in County Durham and Cumbria was originally closed because of snow and ice but reopened to all traffic yesterday morning.

Driving conditions were also hazardous on the A1 Western Bypass southbound between the A1056 and the Great North Road in Gosforth due to snow.

Northumbria Police issued a warning to motorists as freezing temperatures left spots on black ice on the roads.

A police spokeswoman said: “Northumbria Police is continuing to advise road users to take additional care on the region’s roads following snow fall and icy conditions.

“Motorists should be aware there are icy patches on roads across the region as well as some snow flurries and police are advising people to exercise caution.”

The region was put on an amber weather warning for wind as gale force winds reached up to 60mph and temperatures failed to get above 6C.

Up to an inch of snow fell in parts, with higher ground in County Durham and Northumberland experiencing the most.

High winds and blustery showers are expected to continue on Saturday but the Met Office say it should be brighter and drier on Sunday.

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