Snow starts to clear

Snow around Cromer has started to clear but has left icy and treacherous pavements in its wake.

Snow around Cromer has started to clear but has left icy and treacherous pavements and roads in its wake.

North Norfolk was covered in a blanket of snow this morning as up to four inches of snow fell overnight.

The fresh snowfall has left many roads hazardous, with drivers struggling to make it up some of the steep hills in Cromer.

The conditions have lead to a number of accidents on the roads. The A149 North Walsham road in Thorpe Market between Roughton Road and Norwich Road was blocked in the afternoon in both directions while work took place recovering a jack-knifed lorry.

The road has now reopened.

Warnings were also been given out concerning hazardous driving conditions on the A1082 Holway Road Sheringham, both ways between A148 Holt Road and A149 Cromer Road and Cromer Road in Overstrand, both ways between Pauls Lane and Overstrand Road.

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Bin collections have also been suspended today across the whole of North Norfolk District, because of the snow.

Today's work will be done on Monday, weather permitting.

A spokesman said: 'We do still have refuse collections outstanding from earlier in the week, and we aim to catch up with those as soon as possible, starting Monday.

'Sincere apologies to everyone for the inconvenience. We ask that people please leave their bins out so they are ready when we resume collections.'

It has been a mixed picture around the county, with some areas spared fresh snowfall, but other places such as Wells-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton, Great Yarmouth and Hickling experiencing showers.

Phil Garner, from University of East Anglia-based Weatherquest, said it looked as temperatures had plunged to around -6 degrees centigrade in some parts of the county.

He said: 'There have been snow showers coming in from the north overnight, with the northern coastal areas seeing the most.

'The showers will be fading away through the day and it should be fine and bright later today, with temperatures of one or two degrees.

'But coming into the weekend, there is more snow and sleet from the west on the way and overnight temperatures could be as low as -3 degrees centigrade, so there could be a lot of ice about in the morning.'

Norfolk County Council bosses re-iterated that it is fine to clear snow from paths without fear of legal action if somebody slips.

Graham Plant, Norfolk's cabinet member for travel and transport said: 'There is nothing wrong with taking sensible steps to clear snow from outside your property. If you sweep away snow and use kitchen salt or sand to make paths and steps safer you are not making yourself automatically liable if anyone then slips or falls. It's a myth, and no-one should be deterred from community-spirited action that is likely to make life easier for all.'