WEATHER forecasters have issued a warning for heavy snow and freezing temperatures.
Hartlepool and East Durham is expected to be hit by flurries throughout today, with up to two inches of snow settling.
The Met Office has a level-two weather warning in place until Wednesday covering all of England.
It says that people should be prepared for ice, snow and bitter cold temperatures.
It adds: “This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of service.”
Light snow is also forecast for tomorrow and Wednesday.
Forecasters are also warning of icey conditions on untreated roads throughout the week.
Temperatures are not expected to get above 3C for the rest of the week and forecasters say a bitterly-cold breeze will make it feel more like -5C.
The AA has warned that 75 per cent of drivers are not prepared for conditions on the roads, and urged drivers to carry an essential winter kit and check their cars before getting behind the wheel.
The RAC is expecting call-outs to rise by 20 per cent or more.
The Mail reported how Hartlepool Borough Council and Durham County Council have already started regular runs to make sure the area’s roads remain clear and will be gritting all of the main routes between towns and villages.