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Norfolk and Suffolk wake up to an icy morning as wintry showers and snow move in

PUBLISHED: 07:29 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:13 30 November 2017

People make their way through the snow in the city. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

People make their way through the snow in the city. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Norfolk and Suffolk is bracing itself for snow, ice and high coastal winds.

A Met Office yellow weather warning, which was put in place on Wednesday evening, will remain in place until 11am on Thursday.

It said: “Icy patches are likely to develop on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths or where showers cause wash off on treated roads. Wintry showers will bring an additional hazard.

“Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.”

It added: “The extent of ice will vary across the area with inland areas most prone whilst coastal areas are less likely to be affected. 2 to 5cm of snow may accumulate above about 100m, with smaller amounts at lower levels.”

It was certainly a cold morning, with reports of snow coming from the coast, towards Oulton Broad, and south Norfolk.

Norfolk police tweeted on Thursday morning to warn drivers that snow was on its way and that drivers should be conscious of road conditions.

Adam Dury, forecaster for Norwich-based Weatherquest, said temperatures could plummet to 2C and winds on the north Norfolk coast could reach between 40 to 50mph.

Mr Dury said the possible “dusting” of snow in parts of Norfolk and Suffolk would most likely be gone by mid-morning on Thursday.

The biggest risk is areas of ice forming in the morning caused by this evening’s predicted wintry showers followed by clear skies, according to the forecaster.

He said: “It is going to be cold unfortunately.”

Wintry showers could continue across the region on Thursday throughout the day.

Norfolk County Council’s gritters have been out over the weekend and will continue to be used this week.

Iain Temperton, from the council’s casualty reduction team manager, said: “There’s often a spike in collisions on the roads after the first cold snap of the season, as people aren’t used to driving on icy roads and maybe don’t leave enough time to travel safely to their destination.

“The most important piece of advice we tell drivers is to always drive to the road conditions and never assume those conditions won’t change throughout your journey.

“Reduce your speed, take your time and get there safely.”

Temperatures are expected to rise to 9C this weekend but could become colder next week.

• Regular gritting updates and other useful advice are posted on social media through #norfolkwinter on Twitter and through the Norfolk Facebook page here.

• For Met Office updates visit www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings

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