South Shields' parks and beauty spots were turned into Christmas card scenes as a blanket of snow arrived overnight.
Drivers and passengers have faced a mixed commute this morning, with some early problems on the Metro and a number of incidents on the roads.
But the Met Office is expecting the weather to get worse, with amber warnings in place for today, Wednesday and Thursday.
More snow coming as amber weather warnings in place for next three days in the North East
Police tell motorists to avoid the A19 altogether due to conditions
Magical snowy scenes at Sunderland and South Shields coast