Magical snowy scenes at Sunderland and South Shields coast

While the roads are proving treacherous for drivers, those who don't have to travel today are being treated to snowy scenes.

The coastal strip from South Shields to Sunderland was turned into a winter wonderland.

The seafront in the snow

The seafront in the snow

Meanwhile, the Met Office is warning worse weather is on its way with amber warnings for snow in place for today, tomorrow and Thursday.

Drivers have been warned to avoid the A19 in Sunderland and South Tyneside due to conditions, and there have been a number of incidents throughout the region which have caused a headache for commuters.

However, major routes remain open, and train and Metro services are running as normal.

Read more: More snow coming as amber weather warnings in place for next three days in the North East

The seafront in the snow

The seafront in the snow

Snow at the seafront

Snow at the seafront

The seafront in the snow

The seafront in the snow