Sunderland in icy grip once more

Although the sun is shining and it's now officially spring, it is still bitterly cold. Tom Peverley, from Grangetown,  with his dogs Charlie and Nick all wearing their coats on Roker Beach.
Although the sun is shining and it's now officially spring, it is still bitterly cold. Tom Peverley, from Grangetown, with his dogs Charlie and Nick all wearing their coats on Roker Beach.
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THESE dogs might have a spring in their step, but there’s definitely none in the Sunderland air this week.

All talk of milder weather has been put on hold as freezing temperatures grip the city once again.

Even these two family pets were wrapped up in their winter woollies as they took a walk with their owner on Roker Beach yesterday.

The Met Office issued yellow “be aware” warnings in the region, with snowfall expected in some eastern areas.

Ice is also proving a hazard where there has been melting by the winter sunshine between showers.

Temperatures were due to remain one or two degrees below zero for the coming 48 hours, before just creeping above by Thursday and Friday. But the ever-present windchill factor will make things feel a lot colder.

The freezing conditions have been blamed for a daffodil shortage on Wearside, in the run-up to Mothering Sunday at the weekend.

The flowers are about four weeks behind compared to last year.

But travel agents are reporting a boom as people plan summer breaks.