Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Shock Weather Takes Tees by Surprise

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Shock Weather Takes Tees by Surprise

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Freak weather conditions lashed Teesside, bringing heavy rain and deep snow to higher ground.

Weather experts yesterday had predicted snow and rain for late in the evening.

Then at 4.45pm the Met Office flashed a warning to say severe conditions were on their way.

On Teesside the worst hit road was the A171 at Birk Brow, which was closed by the snow.

A Redcar and Cleveland Council spokesman said: "The problem was a lack of forewarning. We were awaiting rain in the afternoon and were due to do a check on conditions at 10pm.

"But what we got was up to two inches of snow on top of the rain everywhere above 230ft. These were conditions you only see once in a blue moon.

"As soon as we got the warning we got the gritters out and we had Birk Brow passable with care within an hour but many motorists will have had an extremely difficult journey.

"Our men worked as quickly and efficiently as they could and did a good job."

Drivers heading to Darlington from Teesside reported gridlocked conditions in the town with the journey taking up to 90 minutes. …

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