Drivers face difficult conditions after snowfalls across Northumberland overnight

Northumberland has woken to snowy scenes this morning as the stretch of wintry conditions continue.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 8:34 am

Images taken from the North East Traffic Camera network shows how the roads have been left covered in snow overnight across the North East.

Its Twitter feed, @NELiveTraffic, said traffic was moving well, despite the “unfavourable” conditions.

Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said “temperatures will plummet wherever you are” today, Wednesday, February 10, and “strong winds” and snow will be “disruptive across many areas” in the UK.

Northumberland County Council said: “Take care if you are out and about this morning.

“Snow is continuing to fall.

“Our gritters have been out all night but grit needs movement over it to start working.

"Please be careful on the roads and extra vigilant on the untreated areas.”

Images from the @NELiveTraffic network showing the snowfall on Castle Bank in Morpeth, top left, on the A1 at Haggerston on the top right, the A1167 in Berwick, bottom left, and the A1086 and A1 junction in Alnwick, bottom right.

The council also runs the snow warden scheme, which sees a person or a group clear snow and ice from footpaths in their area.

It says some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services, while people should take care on foot, as there is an increased chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

A graphic shared by the Met Office showing the area covered by the yellow alert for snow.

The Met Office has also said there will be some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

While snow showers are not expected to be as heavy or widespread as earlier in the week, its forecasters predict some persistent bands of snow showers.

It says between 5cm and 8cm of snow could fall in areas where there are longer flurries.

It added: “Icy stretches are possible overnight where surfaces are left wet from the partial melt of lying snow during the daytime.”

But while the North East’s temperatures are expected to remain between -2C and up to 3C, the Met Office has said areas of Scotland had already experienced conditions of down to -16C overnight.

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