COMMUTERS have been warned to brace themselves for further disruption as temperatures continue to plummet across the North East.
Forecasters warned the Arctic blast would continue to hit the region today as temperatures fall to as low as -6C.
The Met Office said that for all the worst of the snow showers passed yesterday light flurries and low temperatures would remain today.
Dan Williams, from the Met office, said: “On Wednesday we expect to see mainly dry and bright weather through the day with a chance of some light snow showers but generally quite a clear and crisp day. Temperatures will drop overnight down to as low as -5 or -6 degrees celsius in some parts.
“It is pretty much a similar story for Thursday and Friday but a cold wind will develop ahead of the weekend.”
Both Durham and Northumbria Police forces have warned drivers to take extra care as snow and ice may blight the region’s roads as temperatures fight to stay above freezing.
It’s anticipated there may be difficult driving conditions, particularly on untreated minor roads.
Yesterday, around 10cm of snow fell in some parts of the region. Two schools in Northumberland were forced to close. There was also disruption at Newcastle Airport with a few cancellations, which a spokeswoman says was due to a knock-on effect of bad weather in Scotland and Amsterdam.
Passengers are advised to keep an eye on the airport’s arrivals and departures website for flight information and anyone with concerns should contact the airline directly.
Children in some areas enjoyed the snow families in Durham, accused police of “sucking the fun from everything” when they warned children they could be arrested for throwing snowballs.
Durham Constabulary issued advice reminding youngsters they run the risk of anti-social behaviour if they engage in snow games. The message from Crook Neighbourhood Police Team resulted in a mixed response.
Facebook user John Young commented: “What a joke.” Paul Emmerton accused officers of “sucking the fun from everything”.
A Durham Police spokeswoman, said:
“Our general advice is, it might seem like innocent fun but it could have serious consequences. No arrests have been made.”
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