Region braced for wave of bad weather as heavy snow falls

People in the region are braced for a new wave of bad weather after forecasters issued warnings of heavy snow in parts of the North East.

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  1. Kris Jepson

Region prepares for risk of freezing temperatures

By Kris Jepson

Gritters will be out in force tonight with the risk that freezing temperatures will turn any lying snow to ice.

Earlier snow during rush hour meant driving to work for many people in the region was dangerous.

The councils say they were quick to react, but it didn't stop the commute becoming a crawl and the school run taking twice as long.

A number of accidents also blocked roads adding to the delays, as Kris Jepson reports:


Council explain gritting complications in Gateshead

Snow and icy roads have caused problems for drivers across much of the region during rush-hour journeys.

Cars had to reverse downhill in Gateshead after gritting done twice overnight was washed away the council's efforts.

Philip Hindmarsh, Street Scene Manager for Gateshead Council has said they are continue to monitor the situation:

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


Snow: Road closure updates

  • A170 Sutton Bank - Reports of road closed due to snow at MOOR LANE
  • A193 Bebside Road - Road closed due to snow at B1505 HORTON ROAD
  • A690 Durham Road - Road closed and queueing traffic due to serious accident, two cars involved. Police directing traffic at A19 / B1286 CITY WAY (HERRINGTON INTERCHANGE)
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