Major routes were brought to a standstill, homes were left without power and more than a hundred schools were forced to close as heavy snow fell overnight on Thursday, causing confusion and congestion as the North East went to work.
During a morning of delays and disruption, two lorries became stuck in the snow at the Testo's roundabout on the A19 before 5 am.
Further south, the A19 was closed by snow and a jackknifed lorry at Norton.
But it was an HGV in County Durham, stranded just before the turnoff for Peterlee, that closed the carriageway and ruined the morning for most drivers.
Durham County Council listed around 100 schools which had been shut due to snow, with more closures elsewhere in the North East.
Police forces in the region warned drivers to take care on the roads following a number of collisions, including on the A1 near Durham and stuck lorries on the A19 in South Tyneside earlier on Thursday.
The Met Office still has a yellow warning for ice in place until 11 am on Friday morning.