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Motorists warned as falling temperatures could bring more rain, sleet and ice

PUBLISHED: 19:53 10 December 2017 | UPDATED: 20:29 10 December 2017

Snow around the Custom House on Common Staithe Quay at King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

Snow around the Custom House on Common Staithe Quay at King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Much of Norfolk might have only had a light dusting of snow but motorists have been warned to take care on the roads as dropping temperatures bring icy patches.

Snow on King Street, near the Custom House in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris BishopSnow on King Street, near the Custom House in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

The Met Office had predicted there could be “periods of snow, heavy at times” across the region on Sunday (December 10) amid a yellow weather warning.

And while there were some flurries of snow in East Anglia, most notably in parts of Suffolk, much of Norfolk escaped with short dustings of the white stuff along with sleet and showers.

But with temperatures set to drop tonight - and more rain or sleet on the way - there is a chance icy patches will develop on our roads, potentially making for hazardous driving conditions overnight and into Monday morning.

Forecasters at Weatherquest, based at the UEA, tweeted: “East Anglia: Mainly cloudy overnight with further outbreaks of rain or sleet, but some drier and clearer intervals as well, allowing localised frost and ice. Lowest temperatures will be close to -1C, with winds mostly light and rather variable in direction.”

According to Norfolk County Council gritters will be going out this evening “everywhere except Norwich city and North Norfolk Coast” which are forecast to be above freezing.

The county council tweeted: “Take care driving though as still wintry”.

Dan Holley, a meteorologist, has tweeted that where snow cover persists in the East, temperatures could get down to -9C or -10C on Monday night - potentially the coldest night since January 2013.

The East of England Ambulance Service has been experiencing higher demand due to the weather conditions, which has seen snow fall in some parts of the region and icy sleet and showers falling in Norfolk.

EEAST chief executive Robert Morton Tweeted: “Due to rising demand and difficult road conditions, we have declared an Internal Major Incident.

“Thank you to all of our managers, staff and volunteers whom are working incredibly hard to keep our patients safe and support our staff.”

Meanwhile, Highways England is working around the clock to keep motorways and major A-roads free from snow and ice as freezing conditions continue to grip the country.

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