The UK is bracing itself for heavy snow and temperatures low as -10°C at the beginning of February.
The conditions are the result of a weather system moving southwards from the Arctic.
The worst of the snow looks set to miss the north east region, but there’s still a chance of seeing some of the white stuff by the end of the month.
The week ahead looks set to start off cold and dry, but get gradually warmer as we approach the weekend.
Temperatures will drop to around 3/4°C tonight (Tuesday) and won’t start to rise until midday tomorrow.
Wednesday will have more clouds around and slightly milder temperatures of 8/9°C.
Much of the cloud will lift into Thursday and this should lead to plenty of sunshine during the afternoon into early evening, although it may ‘feel’ as cold as 4°C in some parts of the region.
The cloud will return on Friday but there shouldn’t be too much change to the temperature until Saturday, when we could see highs of 11°C.
North East forecast 24-28 January
Staying dry and mostly cloudy overnight. A few breaks are likely in the cloud, mostly to the lee of hills, where it will turn locally chilly, with a patchy ground frost. Minimum temperature 1 °C.
Similar conditions on Tuesday, remaining dry and mostly cloudy. A few breaks in the cloud, mostly to the lee of hills, with occasional bright or sunny spells. Temperatures near average. Maximum temperature 8 °C.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:
Fine and dry at first on Wednesday, before rain and strong winds move southwards later. Dry and bright on Thursday. Feeling cold. Mostly dry on Friday, before clouding over later.
(Source: The Met Office)