THE Headland was given a wintry look as the snow appeared to have made an unwelcome return this weekend.
But on closer inspection people realised it was not snow – but piles of foam which had blown in off the sea.
The wacky weather scenes were sparked by freezing temperatures, though while snow caused chaos across parts of the country, Hartlepool and East Durham managed to escape the worst of it.
The foam that covered parts of the Headland is called spume and comes off the sea when the water is battered by strong winds.
The Headland’s problems continued last night when it was hit by a power cut just after 7pm.
While the area was battered with spume, it was a different story along the coast at Seaton Carew where gale force winds blew the sand off the beach and on to The Front.
People visiting the shops along the seafront were sand-blasted, while drivers had to slow down to get over piles of sand in the middle of the road.
The freezing temperatures will struggle to improve over the next few days, and forecasters are predicting a cold and wet Easter weekend.
Rain is forecast on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, and while it might dry up on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, the temperatures won’t get above six or seven degrees.