Weather warnings surrounding Storm Eleanor have been upgraded for parts of our region.
The Met Office have issued an AMBER 'Be Prepared' warning for strong winds.
The deepening area of low pressure will bring gales and severe gales to northern England and Southern Scotland, clearing eastern England during tomorrow morning.
Gusts of 80mph are possible and could well cause some damage overnight.
TYNE AND WEAR METRO
Replacement taxi services are available between Tynemouth and Monkseaton. There is also a reduced service between St James and Tynemouth due to an obstruction on the line.
Hundreds of homes are without power across the North East and North Yorkshire. Powercuts are affecting 220 properties in Sunderland, 130 in Newcastle, 100 in Durham, around 50 in Northumberland and 40 in North Yorkshire. Northern Powergrid says electricity will be restored today.
Heavy, thundery showers will turn locally torrential with the risk of hail this afternoon and evening.
Whilst most places will miss the worst, please be aware of the risk of localised flooding.
The warning stays in place until 9pm tonight.
As much as 50mm of rain could fall in just a few hours.
Further weather warnings have been issued for our region over the weekend.
After today's wintry showers ICE will be a problem as temperatures drop overnight.
Tomorrow further spells of RAIN will fall on already saturated ground.
That could lead to more surface flooding.
For full details visit the Met Office warnings website.
Outbreaks of sleet and snow will spread across parts of Southern Scotland and northern England this morning, continuing into the afternoon before clearing east into the North Sea by evening.
Some of this will be heavy and could bring accumulations of 5-10 cm on ground above 200 to 300 metres, with 1-3 cm settling to low levels in places.
Please be aware of some difficult driving conditions and the risk of travel disruption.
Rain is likely to be both persistent and heavy at times.
Also a risk of thunder, most likely over parts of England and Wales.
This rain will tend to ease through the day, probably becoming confined to eastern UK by the end of the day.
The public should be aware of a significant risk of localised disruption due to surface water flooding. Lightning may be an additional hazard.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice in the North East of England. That means drivers, particularly, should be wary on the roads, especially on high ground.
A severe weather warning is in force across the North East this morning.
The warning has been issued by the Met Office. Motorists asked to be aware of ice on untreated roads.
The warning will remain in force until 10.00am. More information is available here.
Heavy, slow-moving and possibly thundery showers are likely today.
The public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding.
There is the potential for severe weather over much of the UK during Sunday as a depression tracks over, or close to, the UK.
There continues to be a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast but the public should be aware of the risk of flooding due to heavy rain as well as very strong winds and large waves, particularly on the southern side of the depression.
Given the unseasonable nature of the weather this could be sufficient to disrupt transport and make outdoor activities dangerous.
Heavy, slow moving and possibly thundery showers are likely today between 10am and 8pm.
They will bring the risk of localised flooding.