THE North East is facing another spell of heavy winter weather despite our hopes of warmer spring weather being on the horizon.
The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning of snow and ice with further heavy, wintry showers expected overnight tonight Monday and into Tuesday.
The North East will see snow mainly over higher ground, with more than 5cm in places but with some accumulations possible at low levels too.
Ice will be an additional hazard across much of northern Britain.
Forecasters are advising the public to be aware of tricky travel conditions generally, and possible disruption to transport.
The chief forecaster’s statement issued today read: “The cold westerly flow which became established across the UK Sunday night is set to continue overnight Monday and into Tuesday.
“This is a very unstable airmass bringing showers of sleet, snow and hail. Again, once we lose the effects of daytime sunshine, snow will start to accumulate more widely, and along with ice may present some problems, in particular for road travel on Tuesday morning.
“This again seems most likely for parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and cross Pennine routes.
“Problems should reduce steadily further into Tuesday morning, as the March sunshine gets to work on melting the snow, although taking until mid to late morning across upland parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.”