A warning of snow on Boxing Day in parts of Northumberland has been issued by the Met Office.
The yellow alert (the lowest of three levels) was released at 10am today and warns of snow even at low levels from 11am tomorrow until 6am on Saturday.
But the area covered by the warning stretches across a central band of the country, reaching up to mid-Northumberland. Further north, the chance of snow is slimmer.
The Met Office forecast said: “An area of rain, sleet and snow is expected to spread eastwards across parts of Northern Ireland, England and Wales during Boxing Day before clearing during the evening and overnight. A lot of uncertainty surrounds how much snow will occur, but there is the risk of several centimetres even at low levels. As precipitation clears, roads could turn very icy.
“The public should be aware of the potential for disruption from snow. Please watch for updates to this warning. especially if travelling.”
This evening, the Northumberland County Council gritters have been out on rural roads in the north of the county.
The chief forecaster explained the cause of the weather alert: “A depression developing over the Atlantic Ocean is expected to track east then south-eastwards across the southern half of Britain during Boxing Day. A spell of snow is likely, even to lower levels, on the northern flank of this depression. South of the depression centre, rain will fall, heavy at times.
“There remains much more uncertainty than average regarding the track of this depression which in turn leads to uncertainty about the location of the heaviest precipitation and how much snow there will be. Where snow does occur, accumulations of 2cm to 4cm are likely even to lower levels and in excess of 10cm is possible.”