Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Four Inches of Snow ...and There's More; Wrap Up Folks, It's Cold Outside

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Four Inches of Snow ...and There's More; Wrap Up Folks, It's Cold Outside

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON

WINTER hit the North East today with four inches of snow causing commuter chaos.

The region was blanketed in a thick covering of snow. And forecasters warned we should be bracing ourselves for more.

The Met Office has issued several severe weather warnings across the country and the region is being prepared for a cold snap which could see temperatures drop to minus 5 tonight.

Biting Arctic winds sweeping the region will result in continued snow showers with more expected to lie at the weekend. Newcastle Airport saw a number of flights either cancelled or delayed.

And crowds of workers were stranded on platforms as morning trains at Durham and Newcastle were delayed on the East coast mainline.

Hundreds of schoolchildren were told to stay at home after around 25 schools closed across Northumberland, Tyneside and Durham.

Drivers were also being urged to take extra care as roads were turned into ice rinks with the snow covering a blanket of ice.

Police were alerted to a string of minor accidents overnight.

Lanes were closed due to accidents on the A1, past Lobley Hill in Gateshead, and further south on the motorway near the Carville turn off in Durham, as well as on the A19 northbound between the junctions with the A179 and the A181.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "We were called out to more than 10 accidents during the night across the region.

"There have been no serious accidents."

Gritters were out in force as widespread ice formed on untreated surfaces.

People are being asked to refer to the Highways Agency for further advice regarding traffic disruption on motorways and trunk roads.

Met Office forecaster Dave Britton said: "There will be continued snow showers in Newcastle and across Tyneside which will be a mix of sleet and snow. …

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