Weather warning for ice across North East

PIcture by Jane Coltman
PIcture by Jane Coltman

There's no sign of any more snow, but the Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice in the North East for tonight into tomorrow morning.

The 'be aware' warning, which is valid from 5pm today until 10am tomorrow, reads: 'Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces on Thursday evening and night. Please be aware of the likelihood of some difficult driving conditions, especially on minor roads, and some slippery surfaces'.

The chief forecaster adds: 'Clearing skies will allow temperatures to fall widely below freezing on Thursday evening. Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces, especially where they are left wet from rain, or, in some areas, where lying snow partially thaws and then freezes again'.

A Level 3 Cold Weather Alert has also been issued for the North East today. These are issued when severe weather is occurring, when average temperatures have dropped to 2°C or below, and/or widespread ice and heavy snow is present.

Paul Davison, deputy director for health protection at Public Health England North East, said: "The Met Office says that many places are going to feel really cold for the next few days, which may be a bit of a shock after our recent milder weather, so it's really important people take extra care when out and about. It's worth remembering that while most outdoor slips, trips and falls in weather like this are of those who are of working age, accidents can happen to anyone.

"If you're staying indoors, have plenty of warm food and drinks to stay warm. Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have a long-term illness or are over 65, and check weather forecasts and plan your day around them.

"Also take some time to think about how the bad weather may affect your friends and family, particularly if they are older or very young or have pre-existing health conditions. These groups can be particularly vulnerable. Remember that older people may not go outside to the shops, to hospital appointments and so on when weather is bad, so think what you could do to help them.

"Although most of our advice on keeping warm and well in cold weather may seem like common sense, it's important to remember that cold kills, even in places where the temperatures aren't at their lowest. However, it is also important that people don't hibernate during the winter if you can get out and enjoy the fresh air. Just wrap up warm if you do."

For more advice, visit www.nhs.uk/staywell