Winter weather brings disruption to North East roads

Northumbria Police issued advice to motorists yesterday morning after winter weather caused hazardous driving conditions in parts of the region

Stanhope in County Durham had a picturesque dusting of snow yesterday
Stanhope in County Durham had a picturesque dusting of snow yesterday

Police issued a warning to drivers yesterday after winter weather caused disruption on the region’s roads.

Northumbria Police issued advice to motorists yesterday morning after an overnight frost caused slippery conditions and black ice on some North East roads.

The conditions saw a lorry jackknifing on the A68 just south of Rochester, and hazardous driving conditions reported on the A697 at Longhorsley and at Otterburn.

Force superintendent Richard Jackson said: “Motorists are advised that with the icy weather this morning the roads are potentially hazardous and this could also lead to patches of black ice.

“Drivers are advised to be aware of the conditions and moderate their speed, while taking extra care on the region’s roads.

“They should keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front as stopping distances are longer on wet and icy roads, and they should try not to brake sharply.”

The jackknifed lorry blocked the south and north bound carriageways of the road.

Three other lorries behind it meant the lanes were completely blocked.

Motorists travelling North were being advised to turn around at the A696 junction and travel back towards the A1.

Vehicles travelling from the south were being stopped at Carter Bar and were being diverted towards Jedburgh.

Hazardous driving conditions were reported between the West Road and B6344 junctions at Longhorsley, as well as at Otterburn.

Winter weather arrived elsewhere in the region, including at Stanhope in County Durham where there was a light dusting of snow.

Later in the day, a woman had to be airlifted to hospital after an accident on the A1068 at Alnwick.

Police were unsure of the extent of her injuries but said they were not believed to be life threatening.

The road was closed to allow the Great North Air Ambulance to land near the scene.

Diversions were in place at the Oaks Hotel, before the road was eventually reopened.

Police meanwhile received a report of a Saab car on fire on Morpeth Road, between Guidepost and Morpeth at 8.24am. There were no reports of any injuries.

A section of the road was closed and diversions were put in place.

Weather forecasters were last night predicting a dry and bright start to today in the North East with a fresh breeze.

The Met Office said cloud will build at times with scattered showers arriving before midday from the west, some of which will be heavy with a risk of hail.

The maximum temperature is expected to be 9°C.

Tomorrow will be breezy and chilly with sunshine and blustery showers, and wintry on the region’s hills.

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