Fresh snow and ice weather warning for Norfolk and Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 11:12 30 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:44 31 January 2019

Nick Jager took this picture in Thorpe Hamlet overnight. Pic: Nick Jager.

Nick Jager took this picture in Thorpe Hamlet overnight. Pic: Nick Jager.

Nick Jager

Forecasters have revised the hours when the next weather warning for snow and ice across Norfolk and Suffolk will be in place.

Norfolk and Suffolk saw a smattering of snow on Tuesday night and this (Wednesday, January 30) morning, amid a yellow warning fo snow from the Met Office.

While only a little snow ended up falling, a weather warning remained in place for snow and ice across the region, starting at 3pm tomorrow (Thursday) until 12pm on Friday.

But the Met Office has now revised the times that warning for snow and ice will be in place. The start has been brought forward to 1pm tomorrow and, instead of finishing at 12pm on Friday, it has been extended until 9pm.

The Met Office said: “Areas of rain and snow are expected to move into the UK from the southwest from Thursday and through Friday.

Norfolk had a smattering of snow. Pic: Archant.Norfolk had a smattering of snow. Pic: Archant.

“Any single period of rain and snow is not expected to last more than six to nine hours but some snow accumulations are likely with one to three centimetres likely in places within the warning area and the potential for five to 10 centimetres, perhaps particularly over Wales and southwest England.

“Snow amounts will vary markedly across England and Wales with many places seeing very little accumulating snow. With cold air in place along with areas of rain and snow icy stretches are likely to form.”

There were no reports of any emergency school closures across the county today (Wednesday, January 30).

However, with the temperature below freezing this morning and the weather warning in place until midday today, Norfolk County Council’s gritters have been out and about during the night to ensure the county’s roads were treated. They did a run at 1am and went out again to put down salt, as temperatures fell further.

A gritting lorry out on the roads. The region has been warned to expect snow on Tuesday night, with 10cm forecast in some places. Picture: Ian BurtA gritting lorry out on the roads. The region has been warned to expect snow on Tuesday night, with 10cm forecast in some places. Picture: Ian Burt

And drivers were urged to take extra care on roads, which could be slippery.

Norfolk police tweeted: “With temperatures low and snow on some routes, please drive to the road conditions and take care on your journeys this morning.”

And a Norfolk County Council spokeswoman said: “If you do have to drive in snow, use gentle acceleration and maybe a gear higher than you would normally use at that speed to avoid wheel spin. Ease off the accelerator if the wheels start to spin.”

While rain and sleet, rather than snow, is likely in Norfolk today, forecasters had warned temperatures are likely to plummet once again tonight - and there could be more snow and ice later in the week.

Hethersett saw a centimetre or two of snow. Pic: Archant.Hethersett saw a centimetre or two of snow. Pic: Archant.

Norwich-based forecaster Weatherquest said the region could see the mercury fall to -4C.

The University of East Anglia-based forecasters tweeted: “For most places, a dry, but cold day, with spells of wintry sunshine.

“Eastern parts of Norfolk and Suffolk will stay a lttle more cloudy and it’s here we could see an isolated wintry shower.

“Top temperatures of around 4C in a light west or northwesterly wind.”

With temperatures predicted to go below zero throughout the week Norwich City Council has activated its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) for those sleeping rough or at risk of homelessness.

There has not been major disruption on the trains, although the 6.24am from Great Yarmouth to Norwich was cancelled, with Greater Anglia giving the reason as it being “late from the depot”.

However. Greater Anglia did tweet: “Please be careful when travelling with us today, as some station platforms/car parks may be icy.”

Make sure you check our live traffic map before heading out on the region’s roads.

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