LIVE weather updates as emergency services attend six-vehicle crash on A19 and motorists face snowy conditions

Snowfall overnight and this morning is causing chaos on some of the region’s busiest roadson Friday, January 8.

Friday, 8th January 2021, 11:56 am

Roads in County Durham - including the A1(M) - are experiencing major delays following a number of accidents and snowfall.

CCTV camera show a layer of snow on the A690 and on the A19 as emergency services deal with a number of incident across the region.

Coastal areas such as South Shields, Sunderland, Seaham and Hartlepool appear clear although in land areas such as Houghton and Hetton have seen snowfall.

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Traffic and snow on the A690. Picture by North East Traffic Cameras

Highways England is now warning drivers who need to travel to be prepared before setting out on journeys today (Friday 8 January) due to snowy conditions on the A1 in the North East.

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Live updates on regions roads as snow causes chaos

Last updated: Friday, 08 January, 2021, 14:06

  • Snow has caused chaos on the A1(M) as motorists told to be prepared
  • Emergency services have been called to a number of collisions in the North East including six vehicle crash on A19
  • Cameras show a layering of snow on A690 and Houghton Cut

Pictures show road conditions on A690 in East Rainton

A snowy, and cold, day in Cold Heslldon

Queues on A19 northbound towards A690 junction

Slow traffic on the A19 nortbound towards the A690 at 1pm on Friday afternoon 

Main roads are beginning to clear

Main roads like the A690 are beginning to clear following a break in snowfall. Some smaller roads do remain snowy/slushy in snow-hit areas. 

Snowy scenes on the A1(M) which brought traffic to a standstill earlier today

Pictures show conditions on A1(M) earlier this morning

Delays on A19 northbound of Herrington Interchange

What the roads look like in parts of Wearside

While Sunderland city centre and coastline has remained clear, snowfall in Houghton, Hetton and County Durham is causing difficult conditions for those travelling on the areas roads. 

Here’s what some of the roads currently look like: 

Gritters are treating roads but conditions are difficult

Highways England’s Operations Manager, Darren Mitchell, said:  “Gritters are out treating our routes but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.    

“If you need to make an essential journey, make sure you keep your distance and reduce your speed because, even in conditions that seem normal and the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh salt has not been worked into the carriageway.  

“Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel.”  

Highways England warning as chaos continues on A1(M)

Drivers who need to travel are being urged to be prepared before setting out on journeys today (Friday 8 January) due to snowy conditions on the A1 in the North East.

Highways England’s gritting teams have been working around the clock to treat roads and keep them free from disruption.  

Heavy snow has fallen between junctions 60 and 63 along the A1 with HGVs and vans struggling on hilly sections.

Highways England currently has gritters and extra traffic officers in that location. For those people who need to make essential journeys they are advised to check their route before travelling. 

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