The Met Office has issued another yellow weather warning for snow and ice across the North East and North Yorkshire, with snow likely to fall across the region on Saturday.
Northumbria Police are warning for people to be extra careful on the roads, after the weather this morning caused a succession of crashes involving 17 vehicles.
Emergency services were called to four separate incidents within a matter of hours on the eastbound and westbound carriageways between Middle Engine Lane and Billy Mill – with the road closed in both directions as a result.
Inspector Lynne Mckevitt, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, said: “It was a very challenging and busy morning for all involved following a number of crashes on the Coast Road.
“It is sheer luck that nobody was seriously injured, at a time when the NHS and blue-light services are already stretched.
“All 17 vehicles involved in the various incidents have now been recovered and the roads cleared. I would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation, as well as all emergency service personnel for their swift response.
This is an important reminder that everyone must drive to the conditions. It is expected to be icy again this evening and over the weekend, so please take that into consideration...Please leave yourself extra time to make your journey, drive at a safe speed and leave an increased distance between you and the vehicle in front.
“The safety of all road users is imperative, and in line with the current Government guidance, I would ask people to only travel if absolutely necessary.”
Earlier this week, snow and ice caused disruption as you can see in this video report by Katie Cole:
County Durham remains under a snowy blanket this Friday. This was the scene on Thursday, with driving conditions across the county are still hazardous in places.
The snow was also causing issues in North Yorkshire, with people being warned to take extra care on the roads.
Video report by Jonny Blair
This was the scene in Harrogate on Thursday:
The new warning is expected to remain in place until 6pm on January 16.
What to expect:
There is a small chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel
There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected
A small chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
A small chance that untreated pavements and cycle paths become dangerous, posing a greater risk of injury