Northern Powergrid prepares for snow and ice after Met Office issues weather warning

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Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for delivering power to around 3 million homes and businesses across the North East and Yorkshire has confirmed that it's prepared should the forecasted heavy localised snow showers, ice and strong winds affect its powers network.

The Met Office has predicted that the region will be hit by localised heavy snow showers throughout the weekend with snowfall of up to 15cms in some areas.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings Credit: Met Office

Ice and severe gales are also expected to cause issues.

Paul Simpkin, network operations manager, said:

Customers can keep up to date by visiting the Power Cut Map on the Northern Powergrid website Credit:

The provider is urging customers to report any power cuts over the weekend and keep update with the work being done to restore power by visiting their Power Cut Map online.

The electricity distribution company manages a network of 63,000 substations and more than 60,000 miles of overhead power lines and underground cables.

Customers with a disability, medical condition or very young families, who may need greater assistance during a power cut and have signed up to the company’s Priority Services Register, will be kept updated as a priority.

Northern Powergrid says it is will deploy customer support vehicles during prolonged power cuts to help local communities by offering practical support such as stay-warm packs and hot drinks.

Northern Powergrid is urging anyone who spots any damaged cables or other equipment not to approach the area, but to report it immediately by calling 105.