Northumbria Police is advising road users to take care after snowfall throughout Monday, which is expected will continue into Tuesday.
Snow combined with heavy winds has made travelling conditions difficult throughout the day with some particular issues in Northumberland. Currently, the A68 north of Stagshaw roundabout to Carter Bar and the A696 from Belsay to the A68 are closed.
Access to and from Rothbury is still proving difficult and officers are out and about in the community to reassure people that all is being done to improve access. Gritters and snow ploughs have been working on the B6341 all day and this will carry on overnight. Anyone with concerns should speak with local officers.
The roads both north and south of the A69 are also described as being difficult to pass.
People are urged only to travel if necessary.
There will be extra officers out across the force area throughout the night and are working with the local authorities and other partners to keep people safe.
Road users are advised to keep up to date with the latest weather, traffic and travel updates via local media and online.
If using the roads then drive according to the conditions –
- Moderate your speed and try not to brake sharply, use the gears instead to decelerate.
- Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front – stopping distances are longer on wet or icy roads.
- Ensure you have adequate visibility by clearing front and back windscreens and all windows / wing mirrors before setting off.
- Make sure, before setting off, that you have warm clothes, food, water, boots, torch and a spade in your vehicle.