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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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Motorists are being warned by police to allow extra time on journeys as snow builds up across the region.
Drivers should be aware of icy patches, snow on the roads, and slippery surfaces. Police say drivers should moderate their speed and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
Main roads are passable but secondary roads, particularly in Gateshead and Newcastle, have coverings of snow.
Vernon Gibbons has made an entire living room out of snow near his home in County Durham.
Watch the full report from Frances Read below.
Heavy snow fell again today in several parts of the UK today: in the north and east of England, in the Midlands and in Scotland and Wales.
Temperatures are due to rise from tomorrow, hitting 4 degrees and reaching up to 10 degrees in parts of the south of the country on Sunday. Forecasters are warning of the high risk of flooding, as temperatures rise, the snow begins to melt, and rain begins to fall later this evening.
The cold snap is expected to "go out with a bang" on Friday, with the Met Office issuing amber warnings for the north of England.
The Highlands of Scotland will see the heaviest snowfall, while up to six inches could fall in northern England, four inches in the Midlands and two inches in the South.
The Met Office said it has amber warnings in place for much of Scotland, the north of England, east of England and East and West Midlands.
It warned that strong winds will also lead to drifting and blizzard-like conditions, particularly over higher level roads in the north.
– Sean Penston, forecaster at MeteoGroup
"By Saturday the sleet and snow will be lingering in eastern parts and Scotland and the North.
It is going to turn windy and there will be widespread rain across much of the country.
It seems like the worst of the cold weather is over, and there is no more snow forecast for the foreseeable future."
More snow is due later today so drivers are being warned to drive carefully.
North Yorkshire could get up to 20 centimetres. The snow is expected to arrive around the late afternoon. The Met office have issued an amber warning.
Britain will be hit by one final fall of heavy snow today ahead of flooding fears over the weekend.
Scotland, northern England, the Midlands and the east will see the worst of the snow, with up to seven inches predicted over high ground, which is likely to cause more disruption for schools and travel networks.
Weather experts have warned of the risk of flooding tomorrow, as heavy rain moves in and rising temperatures spark a rapid thaw of the built-up snow and ice.
Temperatures will steadily rise from tomorrow to an average of 4C before reaching more than 10C in the south on Sunday followed by wet and windy weather next week.