POLICE are advising the public to take extra care in high winds.
The North East is expected to experience high winds tonight, Thursday, January 8, between 11pm and 12pm.
Northumberland is expected to fare worst, but the whole of the region is expected to see strong winds in the next few days.
The Met Office issued a severe weather warning earlier in the week, with gusts of 80mph expected to hit at the weekend.
Drivers are asked to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and take particular care around motorcyclists and cyclists and to watch out for debris which may be blown into their path.
Drivers of high-sided vehicles, motor homes or cars towing caravans should be extra cautious, especially when driving on exposed roads.
When driving in high winds drivers should:
•Be prepared for gusts of wind and the slip stream from passing vehicles - especially high-sided ones.
•Keep both hands on the steering wheel.
•Moderate their speed as vehicles travelling fast are more likely to drift off course in a sudden gust of wind.
•Watch out for debris such as branches blown onto the road.