Latest weather outlook for the North East

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A red weather warning - the second in 24 hours - expired at 2am, but amber warnings for snow are still in place for much of Scotland, the north-east of England, and parts of Northern Ireland, running until 10am, and for wind and snow in south western parts of the United Kingdom until 8am.

There is an increasing chance that a further spell of more persistent snow may move north into parts of southern England, Wales and central England during the day.

Frequent and heavy snow showers are expected on Thursday, accompanied by strong winds in the south.

"Transport disruption is likely in areas with significant snowfall and the cold could have an impact on people's health", Met Office Chief Forecaster Laura Patterson said in a statement. "Long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel are expected".

Superintendent Helen Harrison said: "Many of those people who did go out yesterday faced treacherous conditions, blocked roads, being stuck in their vehicles or even being involved in collisions".

As the so-called "Beast from the East" hit Scotland on Tuesday, travel routes saw disruption caused by hard driving conditions while some areas had power cuts.

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"Long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities are likely to occur".

It comes as Storm Emma, rolling in from the Atlantic, looks poised to meet the Beast from the East's chilly Russian Federation air - causing further widespread snowfall and bitter temperatures.

More than a foot of snow was dumped in some parts of the country - peaking with 34cm of snow in Wittering, Cambridgeshire.

- Hundreds of schools were forced to close, including more than 125 in North Yorkshire and more than 330 across Kent, giving thousands of children a second snow day.

The yellow (be aware) warning is still in place for snow and ice across Sussex until midnight tomorrow (Friday March 2).

Blizzards are hitting parts of the United Kingdom, as freezing conditions and heavy snow cause deaths and wreak disruption.

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The Met Office has predicted that the stormy weather brought on by a combination of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma will continue tomorrow and over the weekend.

She said: "We've still got cold air coming in from Russian Federation, which is so cold that any precipitation in the air immediately turns to snow".

Gatwick Airport said due to the severe weather they are "expecting a large number of cancellations and delays to flights".

The extreme weather has also seen NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde cancel all non-essential operations and outpatient appointments on Thursday.

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Mr Snell warned: "Generally many places on Thursday will struggle to get anywhere near -1C, a few people will come up above, but many of us will be firmly below freezing".

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