Snow showers on the way after North East battered by strong winds and rain by Storm Ciara
Storm Ciara has battered the North East with strong gales and heavy rain but although winds are set to die down later today, we’re not out of the woods yet – with snow showers forecast for the region.
The storm which hit the region and the rest of the county on Sunday, February 9, causes chaos across many of the road and rail networks with people urged to stay at home.
A Yellow Warning for wind was issued for 24 hours with gales as strong as 50mph reported in the North East.
Monday seems a slightly calmer picture compared to the weekend as the Met Office has said that today looks set to remain cold with highs of just 5°C and a mix of bright sunny spells and scattered showers.
It will remain very cold in the wind and rain, with a minimum temperature of 0 °C.
On Tuesday the cold snap will continue with light snow showers forecast for early on in the morning at around 7am and temperatures reaching just 2°C.
Meanwhile the rest of the day will continue to be windy with frequent blustery and wintry showers. These will be interspersed by bright or sunny spells.
It will remain feeling cold, especially in and around the showers, with a maximum temperature of 3 °C.
And the snow ahead comes after a flood warning and two flood alerts issued by the Environmental Agency for coastal areas across Sunderland as Storm Ciara caused strong winds that have caused a surge in high tides.
Areas most at risk are properties along the seafront in Roker and Seaburn including the Amusement Arcades and Grannie Annies.
Flooding to properties, roads and farmlands is expected and residents are being warned to stay away from large waves as they are dangerous.