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Heavy snow makes travelling hazardous

Overturned vehicle near Mordon in County Durham. Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees
Tommy statue in Seaham. Credit: Danielle Staite
Teesside Crown Court. Credit: Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire/PA Images

Weather forecasters have warned of disruption on the roads on Teesside and County Durham following heavy snowfall this morning.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for icy patches and snow covering swathes of the eastern coast of England.

Police forces across the country issued warnings to drivers to beware of icy roads.

Drivers became trapped on the A171 near Whitby in North Yorkshire, after up to three inches of snow blocked the road.

The hazardous driving conditions caused up to four miles of queuing traffic to back up on the road.

Farmers and council workers on snow ploughs attempted to help commuters to dig their cars out of the snow while police officers offered assistance.

Many were forced to abandon their vehicles on the gridlocked road while they waited in the icy conditions.

Some bus passengers made the most of the bad situation - by getting off the vehicle to have snowball fights with each other.

The double-decker bus, which was travelling to Middlesbrough, was amongst cars, trucks and tractors stuck on the road during rush hour.

An onlooker said: "It's completely gridlocked on the bank. A wagon couldn't get up and everything came to a stand still. The snow just came bouncing down about 2-3 inches deep."

The weather warning for the eastern UK said: "Wintry showers will bring an additional hazard and may lead to 2cm to 5cm of snow accumulating on ground above 100m, primarily over northern Scotland and north-east England."

Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.

With the wind chill, a temperature of 3C could feel more like -3C.

Tonight forecasters are warning that tonight could be the coldest of the season so far, with temperatures sinking to below the minus 6.3C recorded in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, on November 25.

There are likely to be further warnings for ice tonight.