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Snow causes major travel disruption for Monday morning commuters

Commuters faced travel chaos after snow fell across the region in the early hours of Monday morning.

Several roads were closed, with accidents and queues also affecting journey times. Public transport was also been affected, with many bus routes completely cancelled.

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for snow and rain across the whole region until 15:00 (Monday 24 February 2020).

Ahead of the evening rush hour, melting snow also caused flooding on some roads in County Durham. Drivers were warned of water on the road at the A689 near Howdon-le-Wear.

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It caused problems for commuters and those on the school run. In total, around 250 schools were forced to close across our region.

MET OFFICE, WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers, with possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel
  • Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected
  • Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • Some rural communities could become cut off
Whickham, Gateshead Credit: ITV News

TYNE TUNNEL

Drivers using the Tyne Tunnel were also asked to clear their number plates of snow because their cameras were unable to read registrations.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

Bus services are struggling across the region due to the poor conditions.

There were delays on most Go North East services with buses having to stick to main roads only.

Arriva North East also experienced disruption to its services in Durham and Darlington.

Stagecoach said all of its services suffered delays.

SCHOOL CLOSURES:

Around 250 schools closed across the whole of the region.

In County Durham, there'll be no lessons for pupils at more than 120 schools. You can find the latest information on their website.

In Northumberland, dozens schools are closed, with the council asking people to visit their website for the latest updates.

Darlington Borough Council also has school closures.

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