PARTS of the region had a blanket of snow today as temperatures plumetted following warm weather at the weekend.

Many parts of the North East and North Yorkshire have seen flurries of snow and sleet today.

And on higher ground there has been a more substantial covering.

Photographs show a winter wonderland scene in Edmundbyers, near Consett, in County Durham.

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Today's cold weather follows a weekend of warm weather and sunshine, with temperatues reaching the high teens in  parts of the region.

However, the Met Office has forecast more blustery weather tonight and tomorrow.

Snow showers are expected to continue throughout the night, with occasional clear spells, although any accumulations will bemainly limited to hills.

Blustery winds, strongest along the coast have also been forecast.

The minimum temperature is expected to be  -2 °C.

The outlook for Thursday is for blustery wintry showers continue, most frequent along the coast with a chance of hail and further brief snow.

The Met Office says it well feel cold, with strong winds, but  temperatures recovering in sunny spells. The maximum temperature is forecast to be 6 °C.

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