Some photographs from snowy weather in Co Durham January 6th-8th 2021


The North East of England was taken a little by surprise on Friday morning, the 8th January 2021.

An area of rain had approached from the North West and turned to snow after midnight. Some places received 8-10 hours of continuous snow.

Depth increased dramatically with altitude. In Durham City we had only 2-3 inches of snow, but in some of the hillier parts of County Durham snow depths of 6-10 inches were common, especially high ground to the south of the region.

Here are some photographs of my own and taken by friends on social media today. Enjoy!

The unexpected snowfall on 8th January came from a frontal system that became stationary over the North East, allowing snow to fall for many hours
The unexpected snowfall on 8th January came from a frontal system that became stationary over the North East, allowing snow to fall for many hours

 

Durham riverside in the snow 7th January 2021
Durham riverside in the snow 7th January 2021.

 

Heavy snow in Ferryhill on the morning of January 8th 2021.
Heavy snow in Ferryhill on the morning of January 8th 2021. This snowfall caused considerable dislocation of traffic in the North East, with accidents plentiful.

 

Snow on the roof of Durham Cathedral
Snow on the roof of Durham Cathedral. January 8th 2021.

 

Snowfall in Durham City 8th January 2021.
Snowfall in Durham City 8th January 2021. The snow wasn’t as deep as in some other areas, being closer to the coast and at less elevation.

 

A back garden photo from Kirk Merrington. Taken early on the 8th January 2021
A back garden photo from Kirk Merrington. Taken early on the 8th January 2021.

 

A skier finds it’s the easiest way to get around after the snowfall of January 8th 2021
A skier in Ferryhill finds it’s the easiest way to get around after the snowfall of January 8th 2021.
Walking the dog in the deep snow.
Walking the dog in the deep snow. Bon enjoys her romp near Ferryhill.

 

Sunset across the snowfields near Durham
Sunset across the snowfields near Durham
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