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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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Snow affecting parts of the North East

Parts of our region have been affected by snow and sleet.

Parts of Weardale, Teesdale and County Durham saw snow fall on higher ground.

The latest advice and forecast from the Met Office can be viewed here

Reports of hazardous driving conditions due to snow on A171 Birk Brow Road between Whitby Road and Stanghow Road.

Affecting the traffic between Middlesbrough and Whitby.

– INRIX travel reports

Weather: SNOW warning TODAY

Credit: Met Office

Outbreaks of sleet and snow will spread across parts of Southern Scotland and northern England this morning, continuing into the afternoon before clearing east into the North Sea by evening.

Some of this will be heavy and could bring accumulations of 5-10 cm on ground above 200 to 300 metres, with 1-3 cm settling to low levels in places.

Please be aware of some difficult driving conditions and the risk of travel disruption.

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