More snow to fall across region

Forecasters are warning that the cold snap may go out with a bang tonight, with yet more snow and blizzard-like conditions.

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Full Report: Snow causes disruption across North East

Road closures, power cuts and nearly three hundred schools shut - the cold weather took its toll today, with the region under a blanket of snow.

More than twenty centimetres of snow fell in some areas.

There were some cancellations at Newcastle Airport and delays on the East Coast Mainline, but the worst affected were the roads.

You can see the full report from Dan Ashby below.

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Advice for driving in the rush hour

Police are asking motorists to take care on the roads during rush hour.

There are difficult driving conditions in many places across the force, particularly in parts of Northumberland, and officers are continuing to monitor weather and traffic conditions.

Currently, the A68 north of Stagshaw roundabout to Carter Bar and the A696 from Belsay to the A68 are major routes affected by the weather but several smaller routes are also affected.

Access to and from Rothbury is still proving difficult and officers are out and about in the community to reassure people that all is being done to improve access.

Snow has fallen throughout this morning and into the afternoon, on top of already existing snow and ice, and there is forecast for further adverse weather to come.

This is causing some disruption across the force, particularly in areas of Northumberland, and we'd urge people to only travel if absolutely necessary.

For those leaving work or travelling home this afternoon, we'd advise

people to take extra care during this evening's rush hour.

We expect rush hour to be a little slower than usual due to the weather. problems.

– Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert, Northumbria Police

I'd like people to think in advance about their journey home and consider whether it might be appropriate to set off a little early to avoid any rush hour.

Before setting off for home, clear snow and ice from windows and headlights. Drivers should moderate their speed to match the conditions and be aware that stopping distances are longer on wet or icy roads and drivers should maintain a safe distance from other road users.

Motorists also need to keep a look out for pedestrians who may be walking on the road to avoid icy pavements.

– Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert, Northumbria Police

We will continue to monitor weather forecasts and conditions across the force and will have officers out and about on the roads and in our communities overnight. I would ask everyone to remain alert and drivewith care and consideration.

– Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert, Northumbria Police

Soldiers called in to shift buses stuck in Northumberland

The Army was called in to help when two buses got stuck in snow in Northumberland, leaving passengers stranded for hours.

Northumbria Police were called at just before nine o'clock this morning to the A696 near Otterburn where heavy snow falls have been reported.

Two buses with passengers on board had become stuck - and were stranded until the early afternoon.

Police, local authority workers and Army personnel from the nearby Otterburn barracks were called in to help.

"Officers and the local authority attended and during early afteroon were able to get the buses moving.

They have now carried on their journey without issue.

Police were supported by Army personnel from the barracks at Otterburn.

The buses were heated throughout and all passengers on the bus were safe and well."

– Spokeswoman for Northumbria Police

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School closures: Friday 18th January

The following schools and colleges are closed across the region because of the bad weather:

  • Silver Tree Primary School
  • Shilbottle First School
  • St Paul's RC Voluntary Aided First School, Alnwick
  • St Paul's RC Voluntary Aided Middle School, Alwick
  • Alnwick Lindisfarne Middle School
  • Alnwick South First School
  • Duchess's Community High School
  • Acklington C of E Controlled First School
  • Richard Coates C of E Middle
  • St Michael's C of E First School
  • Berwick Upon Tweed Community High School
  • Choppington First School
  • Branton Community First School
  • Warkworth C of E First School

Thanksgiving service at Durham Cathedral postponed

The Chairman of Durham County Council has announced that a forthcoming service of Thanksgiving and Olympics Special Service due to be held at Durham Cathedral will be postponed due to bad weather.

The bad weather forecast for the next few days has led the chairman to re-schedule the service to a time around the middle of March.

A revised date will be released at a later time.

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