County faces further disruptions as snow falls elsewhere

Rob GarrattWhile the snow thaws in Norfolk and Suffolk wintery weather elsewhere in the country is continuing to disrupt the region's travellers.Temperatures in the county rose above freezing for the first time in days this weekend but the region is yet to see the last of weather related problems as snow continues to reek havoc throughout the rest of Britain.Rob Garratt

While the snow thaws in Norfolk and Suffolk wintery weather elsewhere in the country is continuing to disrupt the region's travellers.

Temperatures in the county rose above freezing for the first time in days this weekend but the region is yet to see the last of weather related problems as snow continues to wreak havoc throughout the rest of Britain.

This morning commuters were left frustrated after the 6.25am service to London Liverpool Street was axed because of the snow. Elsewhere the 6.30am service from Yarmouth to Liverpool Street was terminated at Norwich.

Norwich International Airport has continued to feel the affect of snow elsewhere in the country, with a plane expected from Manchester at 8.20am this morning delayed by more than two and a half hours.


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But the region itself is believed to have seen away the worst of the ice and snow.

Police said today they believed there to have been no snow-related crashes overnight.

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This morning Norfolk County Council reported just one school as closed, Bishop's CE VA Primary School which is closed due to having no heating.

This morning temperatures were reported as being around 1C across the county.

Phil Garner forecaster from Weatherquest, which is based at the University of East Anglia, said the transition from subzero temperatures came at around 9pm on Saturday night.

He said: 'The weather is horrible today, it's damp, cold and miserable - but it's not snowing. There may be a little bit of snow and sleet but it's not accumulating.'

Mr Garner predicted temperatures would remain low throughout the week, with chances of the odd snowy shower until around Friday, when temperatures are expected to rise to around 5C.

He added: 'Never say never with snow, but at the moment there are encouraging signs that the worst of the snow it over.'

The wintry weather continues to cause havoc for the rest of the country, with warnings of up to 20cm of snow in some places.

The Eurostar is running a restricted service, Easyjet cancelled 99 flights and although all motorways are open, some lanes have remained closed.

In Kent, for where the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning, police said the Army was ready to help out with the situation and warned people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Yesterday some town centre shops suffered from low footfall from customers, but the Marina Centre in Yarmouth was open for business again after being closed on Saturday due to the weather.

In Outwell, near King's Lynn, villagers cleared the snow from Well Creek and people skated on the river for what is believed to be the first time since 1996.

Championship skater and organiser Philip Doubleday, who grew up in Outwell and lived in the village until 12 years ago, was among those who took to the ice.

The 81-year-old, said: 'It's a long time since we've been able to skate on the creek, it hasn't been safe. Since I was six years old I would skate at any opportunity. There were lots of youngsters out who had never seen it before.'

There were also no road crashes today and members of the public have been praised for listening to advice from officials.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said: 'Conditions over the weekend have been challenging in some parts of the county but fortunately the weather overnight was less severe than we had expected and operations have gone reasonably smoothly, thanks to the sterling efforts by frontline staff and the valuable planning and collaborative work that has gone on between ourselves and other agencies.

'Our staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty in changing shifts and taking on extra work during the adverse weather we have been experiencing. Our thanks go out to them all as well as the general public who have assisted us in acting sensibly, heeding our advice and taking on board the choose well message.'

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