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Weather warning as freezing temperatures sweep across the region tonight - but it will be warmer for the new year

PUBLISHED: 16:58 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:58 28 December 2017

A file photo of Beccles in the snow. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A file photo of Beccles in the snow. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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The region will have one of the coldest nights of the year but temperatures will be on the rise for the weekend and New year’s Day.

The rest of today will be dry and sunny, but Arctic air hovering across the UK will see temperatures plummet to around -1C and -2C with a light frost.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice for the East of England from 2am to 9am tomorrow.

Early on Friday morning, a band of rain will move in from the west with a maximum temperature during the day reaching 6C to 7C..

Saturday will start off as a breezy day, with winds around 15 to 20 mph. It will remain a dry but cloudy day with temperatures around 10C.

On Sunday, a band of rain will move in during the morning, it will be a damp start but an improving picture during the day, it will also be sunny.

Throughout the evening and into the night, it will remain largely dry, there may be the odd shower, but temperatures will be around 4C and 5C.

On New Year’s Day the weather will be turning slightly colder, there will be one or two showers on the coast. It will be a cold start to 2018.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “Yesterday we rescued 36 drivers actually stuck in snow and 23 stuck on ice. This morning the main problem is the dicey icy roads. With sub-zero temperatures overnight much of the snow, slush and rain has turned to ice particularly on untreated rural roads. Drivers need to slow down and keep a distant from the car in front and if possible stick to the busier main roads which tend to be gritted.

“Our AA patrols have been busy this morning particularly with flat batteries as many drivers emerge from their Christmas hibernation when they haven’t used the car and now find it won’t start. Again drivers should prepare their cars by checking windscreen wash fluid, tyre pressures and ensuring they have coats, food and drinks in their vehicles.”

The Met Office warning states: “Icy patches are expected to form for a time on Friday morning as a band of rain, sleet and snow pushes north-eastwards across parts of England.

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

“Some delays to air travel are also possible. Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces are possible.”

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