Drivers were stranded in areas across the region overnight as snow and icy winds caused hazardous conditions.
County Durham was one of the areas hit the hardest. One lorry driver said he'd been stuck for hours.
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Skies will clear & temperatures will dip overnight, but the forecast of further rainfall into Tuesday brings risk of flooding, ice and snow
Heavy rain expected, also some snow in the forecast