Snow and sleet hit the North East - and there's more to come

It wasn't a day to be caught out walking.

It wasn't a day to be caught out walking.

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Snow and sleet hit the region - and there's more on the way as April shivers to a close.

Despite the fact it's nearly May, most parts of the region saw heavy snow flurries this morning - though it didn't hang around for long.

A snow storm moves over Tynemouth Priory and South Shields.

A snow storm moves over Tynemouth Priory and South Shields.

And the bad news is that the Met Office is predicting wintry showers for the rest of the week.

Here's the forecast for the rest of the week:

This Evening and Tonight:

Wintry showers will mostly die out this evening, although the odd one may persist around the coast overnight. With winds moderating and some clear spells developing, it will become frosty in many parts by morning with some patchy ice. Minimum Temperature -2C.

Rough seas in front of Souter Lighthouse at Whitburn as Britons face chilly temperatures and snow this week, thanks to a blast of Arctic air.

Rough seas in front of Souter Lighthouse at Whitburn as Britons face chilly temperatures and snow this week, thanks to a blast of Arctic air.

Tomorrow:

Starting cold and bright with the odd coastal shower. Through the day wintry showers will become more widespread, perhaps with some hail and thunder mixed in during the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 8C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Staying cold with further wintry showers or some longer spells of rain, with hill snow possible. Windy at times, but perhaps a little less cold by Saturday.

Storm clouds gathering at Roker.

Storm clouds gathering at Roker.