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Cars stranded on A66 as snow closes the road in both directions

The A66 was closed in both directions due to snow between A67 and A685.

Several Drivers were stranded on the road from County Durham to Cumbria on Saturday when the so-called 'Mini-Beast from the East' arrived.

Poor driving conditions and heavy snow also caused a number of accidents.

Watch Kris Jepson's report here:

The snow gates were closed on Saturday afternoon as bad weather began and remained closed until Monday morning.

Motorists were turned back as they tried to cross the Pennines.

We run a church in Richmond, in Penrith and in Barnard Castle and we're attempting to run church in Penrith in Cumbria tonight, but we've had to call it off this evening, because the snow gates won't let us get close."

– Ben Dowding

Others had been left stranded and unable to get back to their homes, between Brough and Bowes.

I've been unable to get home. Last night I had to stay at Richmond at a friend's house, because I just wasn't able to get home with the road closed and it's still closed now, so I'm not sure when I'll be getting back."

– Ed Winbow
Stranded cars on the A66 Credit: Gary Bowman

Traffic travelling from Barnard Castle was diverted at Bowes to head towards Scotch Corner, traffic travelling toward Brough was diverted towards Kirby Stephen.

On Teesside more than 30 runners had to be assisted by the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team as they were suffering from hypothermia.

Snow and high winds descended on the North York Moors, while a race from Helmsley to Guisborough was taking place on Saturday.

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team Credit: ITV News

The race was cancelled at Kildale and Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team were called out for the fifteenth time this year.

The main task for us was to get them from the check point, the village hall, which they'd waited at, to get them back to the end of the race where they could be reunited with their friends and family. I think the difference with last night's weather was the wind chill factor. The wind was blowing really hard. That takes the temperature down quite quickly."

– Carl Faulkner, Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team
Gritters on A66 Credit: ITV News