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06/11/2013 07:26 GMT

UK Weather: Snow Falls Across North (PICTURES)

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Residents in Teesdale, County Durham were just some of those who woke up to wintery scenes on Tuesday morning, after heavy snowfall overnight left a blanket two inches deep across parts of the North East.

Commuters in the area were told to take extra care on the roads by local authorities.

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A blanket of snow fell on County Durham

The forecast from the MeteoGroup warned of a chill, with rain across southern England and East Anglia but spells of sunshine and some showers, across the rest of the country.

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The showers are also expected to fall as sleet and wet snow across the high ground of northern Scotland during the morning.

The first snowfall of the winter came as the Highways Agency warned many drivers are poorly prepared for the perils of winter motoring.

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A woman clears snow from her car's windscreen in County Durham

As many as 45% of motorists do not make vehicle checks before the onset of bad weather and 28% do not take emergency kits.

The agency's research also revealed that 53% of drivers do not even carry a de-icer.

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Commuters have been warned to take care on snowy roads

Roads minister Robert Goodwill said: "The Highways Agency does all it can to keep the roads open during severe weather. But drivers need to play their part too by making simple vehicle checks, carrying a few important items and planning their journeys according to the weather.

"In very severe weather, drivers need to consider whether their journey is really necessary."