WEARSIDE was blanketed by snow as Arctic conditions blasted the region.
Minor accidents were reported during early-morning traffic yesterday at Hastings Hill, on the A19 and Tunstall Road although nobody was seriously injured.
Superintendent Gillian Mitchell, from Northumbria Police, said: “Officers are out and about across the force area monitoring the situation and we are working with partners to minimise disruption and keep our communities safe.”
More advice came from the NHS as GPs urged people to look after the elderly during the cold snap.
Dr Ian Pattison, GP and chairman of Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group said; “We would urge everyone to be careful in icy conditions, but older people in particular are much more likely to slip and injure themselves if they head out in colder weather.
“The cold weather can bring an increased risk of chest infections, heart attacks and strokes for the elderly, so even if they are staying indoors, a visit to make sure they are warm and well can make all the difference.”
Durham County Council also offered people advice on how to stay safe on their website. Their personal winter plan contains checklists, useful telephone numbers and space to add extra important information.
Patchy freezing fog is expected to linger across Wearside today. It is forecast to be mainly dry, though scattered light wintry showers are likely in the east, becoming confined to the coast later.
The very cold weather will continue from tomorrow into Saturday with a few snow showers likely at times.
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