Rain, snow and gales: Weather warning issued for Hartlepool and East Durham

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FORECASTERS have issued a warning for Hartlepool and East Durham as heavy rain, snow and gales heads to the region.

A band of heavy rain is expected to spread eastwards across Britain late on Friday and it could be preceded by snow for a time on higher ground.

A warning has been put out as the rain and snow, combined with strong winds, is expected to create very poor travelling conditions and also a risk of localised flooding.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “An active frontal system will cross from the west today bringing heavy rain and gale force winds to much of the UK.

“Cold air, imported from the continent on easterly winds, will be slow to give ground across northern Britain, and so the heavy rain will turn to snow as it moves eastwards, especially on high ground where further large accumulations are likely.

“The snow and heavy rain will also be accompanied by gale force winds, which may lead to localised disruption due to coastal flooding.”