Wearside is winter white as the first snow falls this season.
Youngsters were pulling on their wellies and woollen mits to play in the snow on the way to school.
Across Sunderland and County Durham people have been sending in videos and photographs of fun in the white stuff.
The Met Office said throughout today there will be biting northerly winds with local coastal gales developing and maximum temperature reaching 3 °C.
There will be further wintry showers through the night and a cold and frosty start to Friday with wintry showers becoming lighter and less frequent by afternoon. Best of sunny spells in morning then turning cloudy by dusk and maximum temperature 5 °C.
The outlook for Saturday to Monday is weather turning milder during the weekend with some mainly light rain possible.