Snow Warning For The North East
18 January 2013, 05:00
The North East's bracing itself for more severe weather.
5-10cm (2-4 inches) of snow's expected across many parts of the region, with up to 25cm (nearly 10 inches) possible in some higher places, particularly over the Pennines.
Blizzards are possible and a yellow weather warning (urging people to be prepared) has been issued by the Met Office.
Temperatures have already dropped to -15C in areas of the North East this week.
Here, forecaster Charlie Powell from the Met Office, has spoken to Capital's Anna Harding and given us the forecast for the North East for the next 24 hours
Met Office Yellow Warning of Snow
Issued at - 17th Jan 2013, 11:40
Valid from - 18 Jan 2013, 01:00
Valid to - 18 Jan 2013, 23:55
A band of heavy sleet and snow will spread northeastwards across Wales and the southwestern half of England, with rain turning increasingly to snow across Northern Ireland through Friday initially over high ground, but later to low levels.
Winds will strengthen, leading to drifting of lying snow, whilst blizzards are likely over high ground. The snow will turn to rain and sleet across southwest England through the day.
Meanwhile, snow showers affecting North Sea coastal counties of Scotland and England will move further inland during Friday.
Accumulations of snow will be very variable in the east, with 2-5 cm in places and possibly 10 cm above 200 metres, whilst heavier falls are expected across southern, central and western areas, with 10-15 cm or more possible in some areas.
This warning should be viewed alongside other warnings issued for Friday.
The public should be aware of the risk of significant travel disruption.
The public is advised to take extra care, further information and advice can be found here