Travel disruption across North East as Storm Eunice brings snow and strong winds

Storm Eunice has arrived in the North East and North Yorkshire bringing rain, strong winds and some areas have even seen snowfall.

Highways England closed the A66 in both directions between County Durham and Cumbria as snow began to build up. It has since reopened to cars but remains shut to high-sided vehicles as winds remain strong.

Ploughs and gritters were out in force across the region clearing roads where snow had fallen.

Ahead of the peak of the storm, the public is being urged to avoid travelling if possible.

During rush hour poor driving conditions caused problems for morning commuters. 

Barden Moor in North Yorkshire received a covering of snow over night. Credit: PA
Nothing new at Consett in County Durham, a place well-known for its susceptibility to snowfall. Credit: PA

As well as the A66, snow closed the A171 in both directions between Margrove Road near Guisborough and the A169 Briggswath.

Meanwhile on the A1(M) Southbound an accident involving a lorry and a car brought traffic to a standstill at J51 A684 Leeming Bar/Bedale.

The roads have since cleared but drivers are being told to be cautious ahead of the peak of the storm later.

Stanhope in County Durham also received a covering of snow over night as storm Eunice swept through the region. Credit: PA
Lambs making the most of the snowfall in Barden, County Durham. Credit: PA
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Butchers open for business in Tow Law despite the heavy covering of snow overnight. Credit: PA