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Police called to 48 crashes across Norfolk as temperatures plummet

PUBLISHED: 11:49 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:13 13 December 2017

Emergency service workers at the A10 roundabout at Watlington/Oakwood Corner after a driver skidded while driving in the West Winch direction. Picture:PC ROD MORRISON

Emergency service workers at the A10 roundabout at Watlington/Oakwood Corner after a driver skidded while driving in the West Winch direction. Picture:PC ROD MORRISON

PC ROD MORRISON

Police have seen a spike in crashes on Norfolk’s roads after freezing temperatures hit the county.

Icy roads near Stalham earlier this week. Picture: Nick Butcher Icy roads near Stalham earlier this week. Picture: Nick Butcher

By 11.45am Tuesday they had been called to a total of 48 road related incidents in Norfolk on Tuesday, 16 of which saw people injured.

A spokesperson for the force stated that although not all of them were weather related, they had seen a spike due to the icy conditions.

MORE: Crashes in Norfolk as big freeze hits county

The A140 at Long Stratton was where drivers saw some of the longest delays with a seven and a half mile queue on the Norwich bound carriageway due to a crash.

There were also long delays in Norwich after a two-vehicle crash on Drayton Road at the junction with Drayton Wood Road blocked the carriageway.

Icy roads near Stalham. Picture: Nick Butcher Icy roads near Stalham. Picture: Nick Butcher

Officers were also called to crashes on the A47 between Easton and Longwater, the B1108 at Kimberley, the A149 at North Walsham, Vulcan Road in Norwich, Heath Road in Hockering, Bunwell Road in Spooner Row, Hargham Road in Old Buckenham and on the A47 at Harford Bridge.

The freezing conditions also caused disruption on the trains and forced Norwich Airport to close for a period of time.

The disruption came after a night of freezing conditions which saw temperatures dip to -2.4C at Santon Downham and -1.7C in Marham. The average for this time of year is 8C.

Coastal areas including Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and between Cromer and Mundesley also experienced thunder and lightning because of the wintery weather conditions.

Icy roads in Potter Heigham earlier in the week. Picture: Nick Butcher Icy roads in Potter Heigham earlier in the week. Picture: Nick Butcher

MORE: Norwich Airport forced to close due to icy conditions

The Met Office has now issued a fresh weather warning for ice which is in place from 4pm on Tuesday until 11am on Wednesday.

The warning states: “There will probably be icy stretches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths with some injuries possible from slips and falls.”

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