‘Beast from the East’ is snow heading for Sunderland?
Written by Scott McGerty on 26th February 2018
Heavy snow has already hit parts of southern Britain with warnings of disruption to roads and public transport.
The wintry blast, dubbed ‘the Beast from the East’, swept into the UK on Monday morning and is due to head north.
According to forecasters, some parts of the country are set to feel colder than the Arctic Circle as freezing temperatures continue into the week ahead.
Currently, no such weather is affecting the North East of England but the met office has issued weather warning for our region across the next 12-72 hours.
The worst of the weather is set to hit us on Wednesday, but the North East could see some snow sooner than that.
From midnight tonight and through the early hours of Tuesday a yellow weather warning is in place with 5-10 cm of snow possibly in places though some may see only small accumulations of 0-2 cm.
Weather map for Wednesday 28th, from the Met Office.
This warning is in place til the early hours of Wednesday but that’s not the end as even worse weather could hit then.
An amber “be prepared” weather warning is in place for Northern England and parts of Scotland from 4am Wednesday (28.2.18)
It warns of organised snow showers with 5-10 cm of snow expected quite widely with locally 10-20 cm possible in other areas .
Meanwhile, at the same time strong winds will lead to drifting of snow and severe wind chill, possibly leading to difficult driving conditions.
While the met office has also said that lightning strikes could be an additional hazard combined with the heavy snow and strong winds.
The above weather warning starts Wednesday (28.2.18) from 4am and is place til 9pm Wednesday evening.
Doctors across the country meanwhile have warned that the NHS could struggle to cope with the extra strain caused by the weather.
People are being warned to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours during the cold spell.
The public has also been asked to look out for the homeless and report anyone sleeping rough in the freezing conditions to their local council.