A WEATHER warning for Hartlepool and East Durham will last for two days as a storm reaches North-East England.
The Met Office has issued an amber alert for strong winds to sweep the region at speeds of up to 70mph today.
The gusts are expected to lessen on Thursday, but a yellow warning will cover the day as wind is still expected to cause disruptions.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “A vigorous area of low pressure is expected to move northeastwards across northern parts of the UK later on Wednesday, clearing eastwards early on Thursday. This is likely to be accompanied by a swathe of southwesterly gales across many areas which may be severe in places. Winds will veer more westerly later on Wednesday.
“A first peak in the winds is likely over southwest England around the middle of Wednesday but with the main swathe of even stronger and potentially damaging winds crossing parts of Wales then northern England later in the day.
“The public should be prepared for the the risk of disruption to transport and possibly also power supplies. In addition, large waves are likely to affect some coasts.”
Snow showers are expected to mainly hit higher ground but there may be accumulations of a few cm towards the coast.
Temperatures are set to be around -1C overnight and 6C during the day.