WEATHER UPDATE: No rain warnings, but alert for snow and ice

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There are currently no more rain warnings in the North East, but a snow and ice alert has been issued for parts of Northumberland.

After days of unceasing rain, causing flooding across the county, the Met Office has now issued a warning that there may be snow tonight into tomorrow morning on higher ground, particularly in north-western parts of Northumberland.

The warning says: ‘A zone of rain and hill snow will affect Northern Ireland later on Thursday evening before moving into parts of Scotland and northern England during the early hours of Friday.

‘Over ground above 200 to 300 metres, snow is expected to accumulate, especially over Scotland where there is also a chance that snow could fall to lower levels for a time.

‘As this rain and snow moves away, especially from Northern Ireland, skies will clear allowing temperatures to drop and icy patches to form on untreated surfaces’.

Northumberland County Council is planning to carry out precautionary gritting at 6pm tonight and 4.30am tomorrow.

There are now just three flood alerts (Flooding is possible. Be prepared) in force in Northumberland – the south bank of the Tweed, Upper Coquet and coastal rivers in north Northumberland.