Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cold Snap Goes on as Icy Gusts Bring Wall to Ground

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cold Snap Goes on as Icy Gusts Bring Wall to Ground

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Byline: James Moore Reporter

SNOW will continue to fall across the North East as the January cold snap continues through the weekend.

Strong gusts on Wednesday and Thursday brought disruption and storm damage, but forecasters say the worst of the winds are over for now.

However icy showers will continue, turning upland areas into a winter wonderland, and sharp frosts to the rest of the region.

"Friday will start off dry with sunny spells, but scattered wintry showers will develop during the morning, with some accumulations likely on hills by evening," a spokesman for the Met Office said.

"It'll be cold, but less windy than of late, with the maximum temperature just 2C.

"The outlook for Saturday to Monday is that it'll be staying very cold with bright or sunny spells and occasional wintry showers.

"There'll be further snow accumulations over high ground and widespread overnight sharp frost and icy patches.

"However the winds will be easing through the weekend."

An investigation is under way following a wall collapse which narrowly avoided causing serious injury.

Bricks smashed across the pavement and road of West Street, in Gateshead town centre, at 7pm on Wednesday after high winds caused the structure to topple.

Shocked residents and business owners today said it was "a miracle no one was killed" after the wall - above the West Street entrance to Trinity Square car park - smashed to the ground.

Building bosses say they are now looking into the reasons behind the incident and have promised a "full investigation" is now being carried out.

Liam Martin, 22, a student who lives nearby, said: "I was passing there just 15 minutes before this happened.

"West Street is a bit of a wind tunnel but, to be honest, that wall didn't look very sturdy to begin with. It was really just a facade, so I'm not surprised it fell down."

Mattrina Winn owns Petal Pushers florists directly opposite the collapsed structure.

She said: "My daughter's school teacher had been walking past right when this happened. …

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