Snow warning extends to all of Northumberland

Margaret Whittaker's photograph of traffic in the snow at New Moor House crossroads earlier this month.
Margaret Whittaker's photograph of traffic in the snow at New Moor House crossroads earlier this month.

A warning of snow later this week which was issued yesterday has now been extended to include all of Northumberland.

The Met Office yellow alert initially predicted snow on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday in the west of the county, but the latest forecast extends the warning to the east coast. The cold snap also begins earlier than at first thought, with warnings starting at 9am on Wednesday.

Wintery showers are expected to sweep in from the north-west during the day and last through Thursday.

Accumulating snow is likely in Northumberland, especially overnight, with 2-5cm locally at low levels and more than 10cm on higher ground, above about 150m. Strong and gusty winds will likely accompany snow showers and lead to significantly reduced visibility at times. The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel.

The Met Office updated the emerging picture at 10.36am today.