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Met Office issues snow warning for North East

The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for snow across areas of the North East.

The warning is active from noon Tuesday 8th until 9am on Wednesday 9th November.

The Angel of the North covered in heavy snow (2011) Credit: PA

The Chief Forecaster said:

A band of rain spreading slowly in will turn to snow as it encounters cold air.

Whilst this will be mainly on high ground, heavier bursts could easily bring snow down to low levels.

– Chief Forecaster

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Yellow weather warning for snow and ice across the North East

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice across the North East this morning.

The public are advised to take extra care - particularly on higher ground - and be aware of the potential for some disruption to travel.

Region prepares for risk of freezing temperatures

Gritters will be out in force tonight with the risk that freezing temperatures will turn any lying snow to ice.

Earlier snow during rush hour meant driving to work for many people in the region was dangerous.

The councils say they were quick to react, but it didn't stop the commute becoming a crawl and the school run taking twice as long.

A number of accidents also blocked roads adding to the delays, as Kris Jepson reports:

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Council explain gritting complications in Gateshead

Snow and icy roads have caused problems for drivers across much of the region during rush-hour journeys.

Cars had to reverse downhill in Gateshead after gritting done twice overnight was washed away the council's efforts.

Philip Hindmarsh, Street Scene Manager for Gateshead Council has said they are continue to monitor the situation:

Gateshead Council say rain 'washed away the grit'

Many commuters woke to snowy roads and traffic chaos. But Gateshead Council has defended their gritting, saying they did grit overnight - twice - but the rain washed away their efforts.

Gateshead Council gritted all priority routes yesterday afternoon in light of the Met Office forecast of snowfall from the early evening. However, the snow that was forecast did not arrive and instead we had rainfall, heavy at times, right across the borough. As a result, the full complement of night shift gritters were deployed but they were instructed to monitor and grit where they could overnight.

Due to heavy rainfall our crews were unable to apply any grit until around 4:00am, but after an hour further heavy rainfall began to fall and wash the grit that had been deposited onto the road since 4:00am into the drains. We therefore stopped gritting.

At 7:30hrs this morning we deployed dayshift with the full complement of gritters plus 5 additional Snowex vehicles in support. We are also deploying operatives to salt by hand where needed. Currently, the picture in Gateshead is very patchy with some areas running black and wet while others are white. We are concentrating on high areas of the borough but the weight of traffic is hindering our operations.

We will continue to monitor and apply salt where we can until the network priorities are complete.

– Gateshead Council
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