Rush hour snow disruption expected

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POLICE have advised motorists to take extra care during this evening’s rush hour.

Difficult driving conditions have been reported across the Northumbria Force area, particularly in Northumberland.

The A696 from Belsay to the A68 is one of the major routes affected, but several minor roads are also posing problems.

Chief Superintendent Gary Clavert has advised drivers to think of setting off for home earlier than usual.

He said: “Snow has fallen throughout this morning and into the afternoon, on top of existing snow and ice, and there is a forecast for further adverse weather to come.

“This is causing some disruption across the force, particularly in areas of Northumberland, and we’d urge people to only travel if absolutely necessary.

“For those leaving work or travelling home this afternoon, we’d advise people to take extra care during this evening’s rush hour.

“We expect rush hour traffic to be a little slower than usual due to the weather. I’d like people to think in advance about their journey home and consider whether it might be appropriate to set off a little early to avoid any rush hour problems.”