Cold weather can pose a real health risk to older and disabled people, but everyone can gain from preparing their homes for the cold.
Many parts of the region woke up heavy snow this morning. Here is a selection of scenes from across the region.
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One of our camera crews sent back these shots of the A171 Whitby Road amid warnings from police to take extra caution when driving across the region.
We have seen a burst of winter in the Border region today. Snow has settled over higher ground.
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Durham Council says it has 42,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled for the winter.
On a severe day the council would need 1,000 tonnes to keep the roads open.
But it says it is constantly topping up its stockpile, so the county could go for weeks with all roads open.
A farmer from Galloway was shocked to find that one of his sheep was still alive after being buried under snow for 11 days.
Stuart Mactier from Mochrum, near Newton Stewart, managed to dig the ewe out from a deep snow drift.
A couple of days later and the sheep is up and walking about, and enjoying eating again- after being starved for so long.
Researchers from Durham University say organisations must work together to provide the best help to older people in extreme weather.
They say our ageing population is particularly vulnerable in snow, flooding and heat waves.
The Durham researchers carried out a three year study to find ways to better support older people at a time when it appears our weather patterns are becoming increasingly extreme.
They say responsibility for older people falls to everyone, from public and private sector organisations, to local communities and even households.
Their work comes as a nationwide programme is developed to ensure the country is more 'resilient' to extreme weather.
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At least 6 people have had to stay longer than planned at a remote Yorkshire pub after weather conditions proved too difficult to leave.
The Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire claims to be the highest pub in Britain.
Drifting snow and high winds meant some guests arriving at the weekend had to stay overnight. Staff say spirits are high.
Snow has once again been causing problems in parts of the region, even though Spring has officially begun.
The A66 has been closed all day by blizzards, leaving motorists with lengthy detours.
In North Yorkshire, more than twenty schools were closed in the west of the county.
Conditions have been better in the east, but more snow is expected and weather warnings are in force for the whole region tomorrow.
You can watch the full report from Claire Montgomery below.
The closure of the A66 between County Durham and Cumbria has meant motorists have had to find alternative routes.