Snow alert issued for Northumberland this week

Temperatures are set to plummet this week
Temperatures are set to plummet this week

A warning of snow has been issued for Northumberland on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Met Office yellow alert posted on its website yesterday predicted snow in the west of the county, but the latest forecast extends the warning to the east coast. The cold snap also begins earlier than at first thought, with warnings starting at 9am on Wednesday.

Wintery showers are expected to sweep in from the north-west during the day and last through Thursday.

Accumulating snow is likely in Northumberland, especially overnight, with 2-5cm locally at low levels and more than 10cm on higher ground, above about 150m. Strong and gusty winds will likely accompany snow showers and lead to significantly reduced visibility at times. The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel.

The Met Office updated the emerging picture at 10.36am today.