Met Office upgrades snow warning for North East

The Met Office has upgraded its snow warning for the North East, including Northumberland.

Sunday, 25th February 2018, 2:48 pm
Updated Sunday, 25th February 2018, 3:25 pm
An amber weather warning has now been issued for Wednesday.

Forecasters have now issued an amber warning for the region, between 4am and 9pm on Wednesday. Originally, they only issued a yellow warning.

Amber warnings are issued when there is an increased chance of bad weather causing disruption to transport and power.

The warning says: 'Heavy snow showers are expected on Wednesday. Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers.

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'Some delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely. There is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off.

'Power cuts are likely and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.'

The Chief Forecaster's assessment states: 'Snow showers will bring variable snow cover, but parts of northeast England and Scotland are expected to see the most frequent and, at times, organised snow showers. 5-to-10cm of snow is expected quite widely with locally 10-20 cm possible. Strong winds will lead to drifting of snow and severe wind chill, while lightning could be an additional hazard, particularly near coasts.'

The Met Office has already issued a yellow warning for snow in the North East for tomorrow and Tuesday, and extended it to Thursday.