Blizzard warning for Northumberland

Snow-capped Cheviot. 'Picture by Jane Coltman
Snow-capped Cheviot. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Higher routes in north Northumberland could experience blizzards tomorrow (Sunday), with snow and 50mph winds, according to the Met Office.

The latest warning suggests that the recent spell of good weather could be over tomorrow, particularly in higher areas.

The warning for the North East reads: “Rain, sleet and snow spreading east on Sunday will tend to turn back to rain, but remain as snow on high ground where accumulations of more than five cm are expected in places. Winds will gust to more than 50mph on coasts and hills, leading to blizzard conditions on high-level routes. The public should be aware of difficult driving conditions and the risk of disruption to transport.”

The chief forecaster adds: “An Atlantic frontal system will meet colder air over northern parts of the UK, bringing snow for a time. While much of this will turn back to rain, routes above about 200m northern Scotland and about 300m northern England will have a prolonged spell of snow, which will drift in the strong winds.”

On Monday, frequent hail, sleet and snow showers are expected in Northumberland as well as County Durham.

The warning reads: “Across northern England, accumulations to low levels are likely to be transient, while on hills six to 10cm of snow is possible. Winds will be strong at times, with gusts to over 50mph on coasts and hills.”