Snow causing disruption in Wearside and County Durham

Snow being cleared
Image caption The Met Office is warning of icy conditions

Dozens of schools are closed and there are treacherous driving conditions across County Durham and Wearside as the wintry weather continues.

It is almost a week since the first heavy snow and problems are continuing.

The A1(M) is down to one lane in both directions, and the A66 will remain closed at Bowes for the next 24 hours.

A Bishop Auckland man received serious facial injuries after he went to remonstrate with youths who had been pelting vehicles with snowballs.

Flights from Durham Tees Valley Airport were suspended due to a blocked runway, with passengers advised to check with their airlines.

A restricted timetable is in operation on the East Coast Mainline, and some bus services will be withdrawn at 1900 BST.

Durham Police described driving conditions as treacherous and advised people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

They also urged hauliers to assess their route in advance and not be tempted to use side roads.

The Met Office issued a severe weather warning of widespread icy roads and snow for the North East.

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