Hour-by-hour forecast for Northumberland as yellow snow and rain warning continues

The snow has fallen and the rain and sleet is coming down – this is what we can expect from today's weather forecast across Northumberland.

By Fiona Thompson
Monday, 24th February 2020, 10:59 am
Updated Monday, 24th February 2020, 10:59 am

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain and snow and expects it to be in place until 3pm today, Monday, February 24.

It has said this is likely to lead to some travel disruption, with delays on the roads, stranding some vehicles and passengers, with possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

It has also warned power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.

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This photo taken in Rothbury earlier today shows how the county has been hit by snow.

Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

Northumberland County Council has issued a series of alerts due to school closures and transport issues for pupils, while some waste centres have closed temporarily due to the cold temperatures, with gritting updates also available.

Here’s what we can expect according to today’s forecast:

10am: The sleet is expected to continue, with a 70% chance of rain. The temperature is 1C, but it feels like -5C, with wind speeds of 34mph.

11am: Conditions will continue with yet more sleet and a good chance of rain too. The temperature will remain the same, with the wind blowing from the south-west, and visibility will be poor.

Noon: The rain will get heavier, with a 90% chance of a downpour and while the temperature will creep up to 2C, it will feel like -3C, with 30mph winds expected. The visibility will improve a little.

1pm: The rain will get lighter and there will be a 60% chance of rain, and while it will feel like -1C, it will be 3C, with wind speeds of 21mph.

2pm: From this stage in the day, it will ease off, with the skies to remain overcast and a 20% chance of rain. The wind will also drop off, with gusts of 12mph.

3pm: The rain will still hold off and it will be a little warmer at 4C, feeling around 2C, and gusts of 21mph wind.

4pm: The winds will begin to hit once again, with a rise in speeds of up to 30mph, and while it will be 4C, it will feel around the 0C mark.

5pm: From this stage, it will start to get colder again, with it likely to feel like it is -3C, while it will get gustier, with expected speeds of 37mph. It will be cloudy by this point in the early evening, with sunset at 5.30pm.

6pm: The cloud cover will go on through the night, with just a 5% chance of rain, and it will still feel like it is in minus figures temperature-wise, with the wind expected to reach 42mph.

7pm onwards: The conditions will feel as if the air temperature is -4C, with gusts of wind between 37mph and 42mph, with a clear night predicted by the Met Office.