A cold snap is set to hit the region towards the end of this week with temperatures dropping from the highs of seven degrees we are seeing on Monday to a lowly high of two degrees over the weekend. With the mercury hovering around freezing, that always brings the chance of snow.
Weather forecasters are split as to whether snow is guaranteed to hit Newcastle and the North East this weekend, but many are predicting a sprinkling on Saturday morning, as well as some more come Monday. It comes as part of a storm coined the Troll from Trondheim, which will hit Scotland as well as Tyneside.
British Weather Services Meteorologist Jim Dale warned that the worst of the cold spell will come between Saturday, December 10 and Thursday, December 15.
He said: “In Scandinavia, north of Norway, pressure is starting to go low – and that low elongates and will move towards us carrying the cloud with it, but also low-pressure bringing precipitation which is bound to be snow. Scotland will be the first to taste this. I think what’s happening is the low-pressure zone is coming south and through the North Sea. We will see where it goes."
The Troll from Trondheim is so-called as it originates from the Norwegian Trondheim Fjords.
The Met Office is still hesitant on calling snowfall for Newcastle, but its long ranger weather forecast does warn that it is a real possibility.
It reads: "It is expected to remain cold on Friday, with occasional showers especially in the north near the coasts, these likely falling as sleet or snow. Many inland areas will remain fine and dry, especially in the south. Into the weekend, conditions remain cold, with wintry showers mainly affecting windward coasts, any accumulations of snow away from northern Scotland likely confined to higher hills.
"Many inland areas could well stay fine and dry throughout although there will be some sharp overnight frosts along with the odd patch of freezing fog which could be slow to clear. Some bands of rain may push into the south after the weekend, possibly wintry, especially over higher ground. Temperatures remain cold throughout with a chance of a short spell of very cold weather."