SPRING is set to remain on hold with the cold snap continuing for the next week.
Hartlepool and East Durham are expected to suffer more freezing temperatures over the coming days.
The clocks may go forward in the early hours of Sunday to mark the beginning of British Summer Time.
But the chilly conditions will not be changing for some time yet according to forecasters.
Temperatures will struggle to stay above freezing with highs of 5C and lows of -3C.
After light snow showers over the bank holiday weekend, the weather is expected to be dry.
March is set to be the coldest since 1962 in the UK, according to provisional Met Office statistic.
From March 1 to March 26, the UK mean temperature was 2.5C, which is three degrees below the long term average. This also makes it joint fourth coldest on record in the UK.
A Met Office spokesman said: “This March joins 2006, 2001, 1995, 1987, 1979, 1970 and 1962 as years when March saw some significant snowfall.
“Once all the figures are in, it’s possible that the December to March period for 2012-13 will be comparable with 2010-11, 2009-10 or winters in the mid-1980s.”