An A-road in County Durham has been closed after vehicles broke down in heavy snow, as wintery weather hits the region.  

The A66 in County Durham has been closed in both ways between the A67 near Bowes and the A685 near Brough due to heavy snow in the area.

Read our blog with live updates on the snow here. 

According to the AA, the closure is necessary to ensure the safety of those travelling on the road, after snow fell heavily in the area overnight, making it difficult for drivers to navigate the route. 

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The road was first closed around 11pm last night (Thursday, February 8), and the closure is expected to persist into the morning as the snow continues. 

However, the authorities have assured that they are doing everything possible to clear the snow and reopen the road for traffic. Gritters and snowploughs are working "tirelessly" to remove the snow from the road and make it safe for drivers to travel. 

Meanwhile, commuters are advised to take alternative routes and stay updated on the latest developments in the area. The AA have requested that drivers look out for updates on their site and social media feeds.