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Cold snap to "go out with a bang"

The cold snap is expected to "go out with a bang" on Friday, with the Met Office issuing amber warnings for the north of England.

The Highlands of Scotland will see the heaviest snowfall, while up to six inches could fall in northern England, four inches in the Midlands and two inches in the South.

The Met Office said it has amber warnings in place for much of Scotland, the north of England, east of England and East and West Midlands.

It warned that strong winds will also lead to drifting and blizzard-like conditions, particularly over higher level roads in the north.

"By Saturday the sleet and snow will be lingering in eastern parts and Scotland and the North.

It is going to turn windy and there will be widespread rain across much of the country.

It seems like the worst of the cold weather is over, and there is no more snow forecast for the foreseeable future."

– Sean Penston, forecaster at MeteoGroup


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Final snowfall set to hit UK before flooding fears

Britain will be hit by one final fall of heavy snow today ahead of flooding fears over the weekend.

A frozen part of Kielder Water, Northumberland. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Scotland, northern England, the Midlands and the east will see the worst of the snow, with up to seven inches predicted over high ground, which is likely to cause more disruption for schools and travel networks.

Weather experts have warned of the risk of flooding tomorrow, as heavy rain moves in and rising temperatures spark a rapid thaw of the built-up snow and ice.

Temperatures will steadily rise from tomorrow to an average of 4C before reaching more than 10C in the south on Sunday followed by wet and windy weather next week.

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North Yorkshire continues to battle the elements

A delivery van lays in the snow after coming off the Pickering to Whitby road near Lockton in North Yorkshire. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Jenny Bentley clears her path of snow in Lockton, north Yorkshire. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Walkers take a snow covered path through Dalby Forest in north Yorkshire. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images


Lates roads report from Northumbria Police

It is currently snowing in some areas of Northumberland and there are difficult driving conditions, particularly on the A68 north of Stagshaw Bank.

All main roads in the force area are at the moment passable with care and the situation is being constantly monitored.

Officers continue to ask motorists to only travel if necessary, be aware of any snow and ice on the roads and to reduce their speed and drive according to the road conditions, keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

Conditions remain difficult and police are asking motorists to take care on the roads during rush hour, particularly on secondary routes and side and rural roads.

Teenager in more stable condition after sledge accident

A teenager, who has been critically ill in hospital after a sledging accident, is now in a more stable condition.

16-year-old Liam Stafford from Middlesbrough, suffered head injuries when his sledge hit a tree, near Flatts Lane in Normanby on Sunday.

He was airlifted to the James Cook University Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

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Igloo for sale in Harrogate

Igloo for sale Credit: Ebay

A group of friends who built an igloo on the Stray in Harrogate have put it up for sale to raise money for charity. They describe it as " beautifully presented and smartly appointed" and have managed to attract bids of over £100.All of the proceeds will go to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

You can see the latest bid here.

Northumberland school closures

Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School

Greenhaugh First School Corbridge Middle School

Otterburn First School

Ellingham C of E Aided First School

Morpeth Stobhillgate First School

Barndale House School

Corbridge C of E Aided First School

St Michael's C of E First School

Haltwhistle Community Campus Upper School

Haltwhistle Community Campus Lower School

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