Met Office issues Yellow Warning for snow and 60mph wind in the North East

Scenes like this could be upon us within days, according to the Met Office.
Scenes like this could be upon us within days, according to the Met Office.

We're in for a white weekend after experts issued a weather warning for the region predicting snowfall.

A band of rain, sleet and snow will move south across northern and eastern Scotland later on Friday and into the North East of England on Friday night, according to the Met Office.

The snow will mainly affect high ground at first but will fall to lower levels on Friday night. 1-4 cm is likely at some lower levels but with 5-10 cm above 150 m, with drifting in the strong to gale force north or northwesterly winds.

The Met Office warning said: "Severe gales with gusts to 60 mph could bring a short period of blizzard conditions to the highest routes later Friday evening and overnight.

"The more persistent snow and strong winds will have cleared by Saturday morning but ice will be an additional hazard by then, particularly for higher level routes. Please be aware of the likelihood of some difficult driving conditions and some travel disruption.

The Met Office's chief forecaster said in a statement: "A major (but temporary) change of weather type will see the winds swing into a more northerly direction, pulling down much colder air across the whole of Britain and western Europe, after what has been an exceptionally mild first half of November.

"Wintry showers will spread to many northern areas in particular and night frosts will become much more widespread. Within this northerly flow, a small but quite active low pressure system is expected to develop and transfer south bringing more widespread wintry conditions and strong to gale force winds. At present details of both the snow amounts and wind strengths are uncertain, and so expect updates to the warning.