UK snow: Met Office's Yellow warning for snow and ice in North East is further extended into fourth day
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Issuing an update to an earlier weather warning on Tuesday, December 13, the Met Office warned the public to expect freezing temperatures and snow showers in the coming days, with a Yellow alert now due to run in the region until midday on Friday, December 16. Let’s take a closer look at the details we have so far:
When is the weather warning in force and which areas are affected?
According to the Met Office forecast at time of writing, the Yellow warning for snow and ice affecting the North East will begin at 12am on Tuesday, December 13 running until 12pm on Friday, December 16. Public transport services could be impacted by the weather, while motorists may face delays on the region’s roads due to ice and snow.
In North East England, the affected local authority areas are; Durham, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland.
Public transport services across the region have been hit by the icy weather, with emergency services warning families to take precautions against the cold.
What advice has been issued by the Met Office?
Forecasters have reminded drivers to pack essential items – like an ice scraper, de-icer, blankets, warm clothes, a phone charger and a torch – when travelling by car in case of disruption.
Wintry showers are expected across North East England throughout the Yellow warning period, with sleet at the coast and up to 20cm of snowfall on higher ground. Meanwhile, the plummeting temperatures will lead to ice on untreated surfaces.
A Met Office statement said: “Wintry showers will affect many areas of northern Scotland and parts of North East England during this period. A few centimetres of snow are likely to accumulate at low levels with the potential for as much as 15 to 20cm over higher ground. In addition, ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces, mainly where some of the showers fall as sleet close to coasts.”
Temperatures will once again fall below zero as winter hits the region hard – with some parts of the North East expected to feel as cold as -7°C overnight between Wednesday and Thursday this week.