The first snow of winter

The A181 at Wheatley Hill on Saturday morning
The A181 at Wheatley Hill on Saturday morning

HARTLEPOOL and East Durham were hit with snow for the first time this winter as temperatures dipped to freezing overnight.

Snow fell briefly last night and again early this morning in between spells of rain and sleet.

The chilly conditions and strong winds resulted in both Cleveland and Durham police urging drivers to be extra-careful on the roads.

County Durham experienced more snow than Hartlepool with the town’s light covering disappearing quickly.

A Durham Police spokesman asked people to avoid the roads unless absolutely necessary last night while Cleveland Police used its Facebook site to encourage motorists to “drive with caution”.

Fortunately the early wintry temperatures aren’t set to hit sub-zero again this weekend.

Showers were expected to clear today with maximum temperatures of 7C but the rain will move back in tonight with forecasts predicting lows of 2C.

The cold conditions will ease again tomorrow with temperatures expected to reach 10C.