Date: Monday 26th October 1992
Headline: And it’s only October
Source: The Northern Echo
Summer time ended with a vengeance yesterday as the region awoke to winter and snow. ‘
As the clocks went back the snow fell, closing some roads and carpeting the Dales like an early Christmas card.
Amateur weatherman William Foggitt of Thirsk said it was the coldest start to winter in the region since 1910 and heralded a good chance of a white Christmas.
He said: “My grandfather’s records for 1910 show a very cold October and November and a white Christmas. The next white Christmas was 1923 when it was also a very cold October.”
Up to three or four inches fell on some of the higher ground yesterday. In other places heavy rain fell.
The trans-Pennine A66 Scotch Corner to Penrith road and the A59 at Blubberhouses, near Harrogate, were closed for a time and Durham Police reported problems on the A68, where there were numerous minor accidents.
Their usual eight or nine Al motorway calls on a Sunday morning shot up to 23 by 1lam as motorists lost power due to water on the motorway.
Newcastle weather centre forecasts cold temperatures, heavy rain, icy patches on roads and possible snow and sleet showers on higher ground today.
Weathermen were. criticised by some motorists who claimed there was no warning.
Peter Ford, from Faverdale Road, Darlington, was forced to turn back on the A66.
“I had booked a hotel in Keswick but there was no way I could have
made it there,” he said. “My weekend was spoiled. If I had known I would have stayed at home.”
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