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A weather warning has been issued for western and northern parts of the North East between 3pm on Monday and 6pm on Wednesday.
The Met Office says: “Heavy, squally showers will turn to sleet, hail and snow for many areas of Scotland later on Monday, then parts of Northern Ireland and the far north of England Monday night. Snow showers will continue through Tuesday and Tuesday night, although perhaps more of sleet and hail near some coasts.
“Over the hills, snow will drift in the strong to gale force winds. The warning has been updated to increase the amounts of snow and impacts.
“Travel delays on roads are possible, as are public transport cancellations. There is a chance of power cuts, while services such as mobile phone coverage may be affected.”
A separate warning predicts snow showers in the northern parts of Northumberland between 6pm on Wednesday and 9am on Thursday.
It says: “Snow showers are expected during Wednesday evening before a spell of more persistent and possibly heavy snow develops in places during Wednesday night.
“Any persistent snow is most likely to clear east before dawn on Thursday but further snow showers are likely to follow. Travel delays are possible on roads with a risk that some vehicles and passengers could become stranded.
“Delays or cancellations are possible to rail and air travel. Some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone, may be affected.”
Another warning predicts ice on the roads between 3pm today and 6pm on Wednesday.
The Met Office says Newcastle can expect the thermometer to dip to freezing, but temperatures will feel as cold as -5C due to the wind and humidity levels.
Western and high altitude areas will see the chilliest conditions, with ice and snow likely to accumulate in hilly areas. In Otterburn, Northumberland, light snow is highly likely between 1am and 2pm, and then again from 5pm onwards.
There the top temperature should be around 1C in the early afternoon, but it is set to be below freezing for the most of the day, and will feel as cold as -7C from 6pm.
In Newcastle, the Met Office expects wind speeds of around 18mph, with additional gusts of up to 35mph. Light snow is expected at various intervals throughout the day, with the coldest temperatures set for around 8am and then from 6pm.
Watch out on the roads on Tuesday and into Wednesday, as the Met Office says “icy stretches” are likely to form over night.
On Wednesday, the snow should clear, although some light spells are expected around Consett, County Durham, in the mid to late morning.
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