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Road closures, power cuts and nearly three hundred schools shut - the cold weather took its toll today, with the region under a blanket of snow.
More than twenty centimetres of snow fell in some areas.
There were some cancellations at Newcastle Airport and delays on the East Coast Mainline, but the worst affected were the roads.
You can see the full report from Dan Ashby below.
Police are asking motorists to take care on the roads during rush hour.
There are difficult driving conditions in many places across the force, particularly in parts of Northumberland, and officers are continuing to monitor weather and traffic conditions.
Currently, the A68 north of Stagshaw roundabout to Carter Bar and the A696 from Belsay to the A68 are major routes affected by the weather but several smaller routes are also affected.
Access to and from Rothbury is still proving difficult and officers are out and about in the community to reassure people that all is being done to improve access.
The Army was called in to help when two buses got stuck in snow in Northumberland, leaving passengers stranded for hours.
Northumbria Police were called at just before nine o'clock this morning to the A696 near Otterburn where heavy snow falls have been reported.
Two buses with passengers on board had become stuck - and were stranded until the early afternoon.
Police, local authority workers and Army personnel from the nearby Otterburn barracks were called in to help.
The adverse weather has continued to cause problems across the region.
Roads and schools have closed and driving conditions are dangerous in places.
You can watch the lunchtime update from our reporter Kathryn Samson below.
The following schools and colleges are closed across the region because of the bad weather:
- Silver Tree Primary School
- Shilbottle First School
- St Paul's RC Voluntary Aided First School, Alnwick
- St Paul's RC Voluntary Aided Middle School, Alwick
- Alnwick Lindisfarne Middle School
- Alnwick South First School
- Duchess's Community High School
- Acklington C of E Controlled First School
- Richard Coates C of E Middle
- St Michael's C of E First School
- Berwick Upon Tweed Community High School
- Choppington First School
- Branton Community First School
- Warkworth C of E First School
The Chairman of Durham County Council has announced that a forthcoming service of Thanksgiving and Olympics Special Service due to be held at Durham Cathedral will be postponed due to bad weather.
The bad weather forecast for the next few days has led the chairman to re-schedule the service to a time around the middle of March.
A revised date will be released at a later time.
Gritters have been out on the roads this morning ahead of snowy weather forecast to take hold this afternoon.
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