Watch firefighters tackle the snow mounds which have closed the A690

This is the reason why the A690 Sunderland-Durham road is still shut nearly a day after it was first closed.

Saturday, 3rd March 2018, 12:52 pm
Updated Saturday, 3rd March 2018, 2:00 pm
Firefighters tackle the snow mounds near Houghton Cut.

Snow mounds have gathered on the hillside above the west-bound side of the dual carriageway near Houghton Cut.

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As our picture and video shows, firefighters have been attempting to dislodge the mounds on Saturday afternoon in a bid to reopen the Durham-bound road.

The opposite side of the carriageway, from Durham to Sunderland, remains open although it is down to a single lane in places.

Other Saturday weather stories, as the Beast from the East refuses to give in passively, include:

Firefighters tackle the snow mounds near Houghton Cut.
Firefighters tackle the snow mounds near Houghton Cut.