Christmas ice warning for North East – and snow could fall later this week

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A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The yellow alert issued by the Met Office says freezing temperatures will be felt across the North East, which could form ice on our roads and paths.

The warning states: “Further showers are likely through Christmas Eve, wintry on hills and over higher roads, but most showers clearing southwards overnight.

“Widespread ice then developing on untreated surfaces as winds ease and colder conditions follow the showers.

“The icy conditions will be very slow to thaw on Christmas Day but only a few wintry showers are then expected, mostly near coasts.”

The warning is in place until midday on Christmas Day.

Another yellow alert has been issued for Boxing Day and Friday for strong winds and snow on higher ground.

The forecast states: “Over northern England snow is likely to be confined to areas above 200 metres and may turn to rain in areas between 200 and 400 metres.

“Wind is expected to increase through Friday evening and night, exacerbating any disruption.

“The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, especially where increasing winds are combined with heavy snowfall. Please watch for updates to this warning over the coming days, especially those who have travel plans.”