Met Office issues snow and ice warning for Northumberland

Snow has hit South Yorkshire today
Snow has hit South Yorkshire today

Motorists are being warned of possible ice and snow on roads in Northumberland later today and into tomorrow, particularly in upland areas away from the coast.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning, which means ‘be aware’, for the west of Northumberland and County Durham.

The warning reads: “Cold air will spread in across the north of the UK by Sunday evening allowing many road temperatures to fall below zero overnight. As wintry showers move in from the North West, icy stretches are liable to form on any untreated roads.

“These showers will fall as snow in places with the potential for overnight localised accumulations of one to two cm at lower levels and two to five cm over some of the highest routes. The public should be aware of the potential for hazardous driving conditions, though the risk will decrease quickly on Tuesday morning as temperatures rise again.”

The Chief Forecaster’s assessment adds: “Showers of rain, sleet and snow will affect some northern parts on Sunday night and into Monday. Overnight, as road temperatures fall below freezing, icy stretches are likely.

“Snow accumulations will very variable given the showery situation, but are likely to be greatest over high ground in northern Scotland. There is also the risk of some slight accumulations even to low-levels further south into northern England, especially across Cumbria and Pennine areas.”