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Snow watch: Your pictures from around the region

Forecasters are predicting over 5cm of snowfall in parts of the region. Here is a selection of the pictures you sent in:

Do you want to build a snowman? Ferryhill Credit: Tracey Ingledew
Consett Credit: Sharon Davison
Alston Credit: Lou Walker
Washington Credit: Terri Docherty
Hartlepool Credit: Elaine Hughes
Guisborough Credit: Kevin Anderson
Leadgate Credit: Lisa Coulthard
North Skelton Credit: Shaun Edwards
Kelloe Credit: Karen Banks

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Weather: Heavy SNOW showers expected

Credit: Met Office

Yellow area: Until 11.55pm TOMORROW

Showers are expected to turn to snow during Wednesday morning, continuing overnight and for much of Thursday.

3-8 cm could accumulate by Thursday morning, especially over high ground.

Amber area: 5pm today to 11am tomorrow

Snow showers will become widespread and heavier across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England during Wednesday evening and will continue through the night into Thursday morning.

Snow amounts will be very variable but over 5 cm will accumulate at lower levels in places with over 15 cm on high ground. Strong and gusty winds will lead to drifting and blizzard conditions at times, especially over higher routes.

NHS trade unions cancel planned strike action

NHS trade unions have suspended the industrial action planned for January 29 after the government put forward a pay proposal.

"The two strike days staged by health workers last year have moved the government to negotiate with the unions.

"This isn't a great offer but it addresses some of the key concerns unions have about low pay in the NHS. In the interest of patients' safety unions will now consult members.

"It will be up to members to decide whether to accept or reject the proposals. If they choose to reject them we will move to further industrial action."

– Trevor Johnston, UNISON Regional Lead on Health

Weather: Today

Credit: Mark Mowbray

A markedly colder day, with a succession of blustery and increasingly wintry showers moving southeastwards, giving way to a bright but cold afternoon with some isolated snow showers possible.

Maximum Temperature 7C.

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