Snow alert: Met Office issues warning for North East

Snow is expected to fall on higher ground.
Snow is expected to fall on higher ground.

The Met Office has this morning issued a severe weather warning for snow on Saturday.

A band of heavy rain moving across the UK on Saturday is likely to turn to snow as it hits the North East, particularly over higher ground.

The Met Office forecast also states that temperatures are set to plummet in the North East to -4C on Saturday night, while the South will be a balmy 10C.

The warning states: "Rain is likely to spread from the southwest during Saturday.

"There is a low likelihood of this being sufficiently heavy and prolonged as to lead to some flooding of properties and parts of communities, as well as some travel disruption.

"However, any impacts are not expected to be as widespread or severe as those observed last weekend.

"In addition, there is also the potential for the rain to turn to snow and accumulate - mostly likely, but not exclusively, on high ground. Much uncertainty surrounds Saturday's weather, but there is the potential for disruption from both rain and snow.

"This alert will be kept under review and updated as necessary."