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Weather: Tuesday

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Cold with wintry, sometimes squally showers, falling as snow on hills, with possible hail and thunder.

Sunny spells are expected between showers, but feeling cold with strong northerly winds.

Maximum temperature 8 °C.

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Virgin Trains East Coast strike is suspended

Virgin Trains East Coast. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire/PA Images

A planned 48-hour strike on Virgin Trains East Coast has been suspended following progress in talks.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union had been due to walk out on Friday and Saturday in a dispute over the role of guards and other issues.

Virgin had said it would have run a normal service if the strike had gone ahead.

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Weather: Risk of snow

Hail, sleet and snow showers are expected to become frequent overnight and at first on Tuesday morning.

Heavier snowfall is likely to affect higher level routes where 2-5 cm of snow may accumulate in places, whilst 1 to 2 cm is possible to lower levels.

Some transport routes may be affected, with journeys requiring longer travel times.

Weather: Monday

Early morning rain will clear, then brighter with sunny spells, but turning colder with wintry showers.

Showers will be squally and fall as snow above 300 metres later with slight accumulations possible on hills.

Winds will become strong and gusty. Maximum temperature 10 °C.

Sunderland death: One woman held and three released

A man in his 40s was found dead in a house Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

One woman remains in police custody after a man was found dead in Sunderland at the weekend.

Three other people arrested in connection with the man's death have been released on bail.

Police say the death is still being treated as unexplained.

Police were called to a property in Kemble Square, Downhill, at 10:50pm on Saturday.

A man in his 40s was found with 'significant injuries'. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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