Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's Snow Joke the Worst Is Yet to Come, Say FORECASTERS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's Snow Joke the Worst Is Yet to Come, Say FORECASTERS

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FORECASTERS are warning people to brace themselves for more snow and plunging temperatures across the North East.

Experts say we haven't seen the worst of the wintry weather and they are expecting up to 6cm of snow this week.

Temperatures won't get above freezing and strong winds from the West will create snowdrifts in some areas. The worst of the weather is expected to hit Newcastle tomorrow afternoon with no let-up all weekend.

In Blaydon, Gateshead, temperatures could drop as low as -3C tomorrow, while people living in Blyth, Northumberland, will see temperatures of -1C.

People are being warned to plan their routes and check that roads are open before setting off on journeys.

Dan Williams, from the Met Office, said: "There is a possibility of transport disruption and this is something people should bear in mind.

"We advise people to stay up to date with the forecasts and weather warnings. They should keep up to date with local traffic advice before they leave the house on Friday morning and make sure schools are still open before setting off on their journey."

Councils across the region are bracing themselves for the bad weather and bosses at Newcastle City Council say they have gritters on stand-by.

Rob Nichols, head of environmental services, said: "We will be talking directly to the Met Office to assess how the latest cold spell could potentially affect Newcastle. "We will also be regularly updating the council's website, Facebook and Twitter accounts in response to the conditions."

Louise Haywood, neighbourhood services manager for Gateshead Council, added: "We have been gritting the roads almost continually since last weekend.

"We have been able to put additional teams of workers on hand-gritting footpaths around busy pedestrian areas such as shopping centres and on some of the estate roads we wouldn't normally grit.

"We are doing everything we can at present, so when the snow does arrive we will be as ready as we can be."

Meanwhile, Newcastle International Airport said its snow plough is on stand-by.

Yesterday, the airport saw some delays. …

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