Weather warnings issued for Northumberland

Weather warnings issued for New Year's Day (tomorrow) and Monday.
Weather warnings issued for New Year's Day (tomorrow) and Monday.

Two alerts of potentially treacherous weather for Northumberland have been issued by the Met Office.

The first, posted this afternoon, is for snow and ice affecting the far north of Northumberland until midday tomorrow (New Year's Day).

The warning says: "A cold, showery airstream will bring wintry showers across the region. Whilst most showers at low levels will be of rain, they will turn to snow locally in heavier bursts. In Scotland, local accumulations of 4cm or so are expected above 200m, with around 10cm above 400m.

"Showers will ease during the night but will leave a risk of icy patches which last into New Year's Day. Please be aware of these wintry hazards."

Then, a slow-moving frontal system will remain close to Northumberland from early on Saturday, slowly decaying through the weekend.

According to the Met Office, it will then be reinforced by a new, more active, system on Monday, when rainfall totals for the day could exceed 60mm in places, prompting the yellow warning of possible flooding throughout most of the county, including the east coast.

The Met Office says: "Rain will affect Northumberland over the weekend and into Monday, when it will turn heavier and more persistent. Be aware of the risk of localised flooding."