Tyne & Wear

NUFC flight and Tyneside's drivers delayed by weather

Snow on A19 between Sunderland and Newcastle
Image caption Major routes like the A19 between Sunderland and Newcastle have been affected by snow

The Newcastle United squad has finally flown out of Newcastle Airport after the weather caused delays.

Snow and ice have been causing travel disruption in Tyneside, Wearside and Northumberland.

Newcastle International Airport's runway was closed briefly while snow was cleared.

Northumbria Police is advising drivers to take extra care, "particularly on untreated minor roads and in reduced visibility".

They said most main roads were passable with care although the A69 was closed in both directions between Greenhead and Haltwhistle after a car crashed on to a railway line.

Severely congested

A number of roads have been closed and many areas are severely congested.

Traffic has been stationary in parts of Newcastle and on the A1 north of the city.

Police are also warning drivers to watch out for pedestrians walking on roads to avoid icy footpaths.

Durham Constabulary said they were not currently aware of any issues in their force area but warned drivers to take care.

The Newcastle United squad have a Europa League game in Bordeaux tomorrow but had been stuck on the airport runway since late afternoon.

The Met Office said snow showers would die away leaving clear periods with ice and frost likely, especially on untreated roads.

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