Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle to Be Colder Than Moscow Very Soon

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle to Be Colder Than Moscow Very Soon

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Byline: Dan Milligan Reporter dan.milligan@ncjmedia.co.uk

BLIZZARDS could see parts of the North East hit by several inches of snow in the next 48 hours.

Temperatures in Newcastle will be colder than Moscow, forecasters have warned, and on the higher ground in Northumberland and County Durham, areas could be covered in a thick, white sheet of snow as bitter Arctic winds sweep through the region.

The heavy snow coupled with strong winds gusting at up to 40mph will make it for extremely difficult driving conditions.

Met forecasters Office predicted 4-6C daytime maximums in Newcastle on Friday but that will plummet to and 0-3C at the weekend, which is 12C colder than last week.

Sub-zero nights, "widespread frost" and ice are due.

The Met Office said: "The first widespread cold spell of the season will see an Arctic maritime airmass spread across the country, with strong winds.

"Friday will see snow showers in the North increasingly to lower levels, with snow showers into Saturday in other areas, especially the East, with accumulations possible to low levels.

"Saturday has snow showers likely, but many inland will avoid them. Minimum temperatures are likely to drop below freezing, with widespread frost and the risk of icy patches."

Paul Mott, forecaster at Meteo-Group, said: "Friday won't be too bad a day and there will be sunny spells, but it will be chilly and breezy with showers that will turn to snow in some areas in Scotland in the evening.

"Another cold front on Friday night will bring outbreaks of snow and sleet across the UK, but the hills of Wales, Scotland and England will have the most accumulations.

"Saturday will also be cold but we will see an improving picture, but temperatures will stay around a maximum of 3C-4C (37.40F-39.2F) in most areas. …

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