There was just a light dusting of snow across Norfolk this morning, ahead of predictions of as much as 8cms to fall this afternoon.

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Two schools closed, with heating problems at Larkman Primary School, in Norwich, and Wimbotsham & Stow Community School, near Downham Market, meaning a further day off school for pupils.

Staff at Larkman Primary were still expected to attend but thermal clothing has been advised.

Meanwhile, over-running engineering works caused disruption on the Norwich to London rail line for commuters until around 9.30am.

Delays of up to 20 minutes were being warned of between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street.

Otherwise, there was little other disruption around the county, although roads and pavements were slippey due to low temperatures and people were being advised to be careful.

A message posted on the official Norfolk County Council Twitter account, @NorfolkCC, read: “We gritted earlier this morning. Gritting helps melt ice/snow & improves grip but isn’t a cure-all so please take extra care.”

While Norfolk Constabulary was also advising drivers to take extra care, using its Twitter account, @NorfolkPolice, to say: “Some areas affected by snow this morning - leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front.”

- Check back to this website for further updates throughout today.

17 comments

  • This failure to cope is pernicious. Now if I was considering going into Norwich later today and looked at the weather forecast which has just light to moderate precipitation forecast ,in former days I would have said no problem, I can drive in snow and ice. But these days I might say to myself-if I use a park and ride there is no guarantee that the P&R buses will keep running if there is a bit of snow. There is precedent for Norwich city centre getting log jammed after a few flakes because of inadequate gritting and poor driving and we all know that if there is a bump on one of the roads like the Southern bypass it is closed for ages while the police undertake an interminable investigation. So with a knowledge of past incompetences I would be inclined to say it is not worth the bother. This is how our attitudes to what should not be a problem are changed. That and newspapers and weather forecasters being in constant hysteria mode.As I said I went to school pretty much everyday of the 62-63 winter and can recall Eastern Counties bus drivers getting buses through heavy snowstorms and snowy roads in the rest of the 60s . I don't think I am misremembering the stoicism and nor can I recall the EDP reporters at the time writing like a bunch of hysterical children.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • If its warm enough for adult then it's warm enough for kids. As a result of closing the school many companies will lose their workers and parents their wages.

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    KeithS

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • OMG. the temp outside is minus 5c and it's snowing and blowing... I called Ottawa and asked the Government "what shall I do" They told me to go away and not be such a wimp, but not in those words, and what did I expect living in Northern Ontario. Jeez people I remember roads being blocked by 10ft snow drifts round Sheringham and district and people just took it in stride and helped each other out where necessary, what the heck has happened there???

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    canuk

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • QUICK!!!! Everybody panic!!!!!!

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    Blah blah blah

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I remember winters when you only had one room heated in the house and you went to bed wearing a pair of thick socks, plus a hot water bottle and chucked a couple of coats on top of the bed for good measure. Then you chipped the ice from off the inside of the window and defrosted the milk which had frozen on the door step. Then you walked to school with your wellies rubbing your legs as you only had a pair of short trousers. What a load of wimps we have nowadays and it seems to be getting worse.

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    BG

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Send the kids in, many are used to no heating up that way.

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    Vic Sponge

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • What is precipitation? Always thought that was either rain or snowfall! Still - a few snowflakes and here we go again!

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    biglingers

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I was the same as you BG. I also went to school on at least a couple of occasions sitting in class with an overcoat on when the heating broke down. I never wore long trousers until I was 11 and went to secondary school.

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    mike smith

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Well said BG, I was brought up the same way, We only ever had one room heated, I can remember waking upand removing icicles from inside my bed room window, If I complained , I was told by my parents "put another layer on!!!!" I remember the winter 6263 walking to school freezing beacause at that time girls were not allowed to wear trousers to school. How times have changed, I am not sure for the better. As for the teachers is there a minimum temp they have to work to

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    lucy

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • So in fact neither problem has anything to do with the snow and both were pre existing ? Well written EDP I agree with Keith but suppose that even if children could work in the cold ( and I speak as one who went happily to school in the 62-63 winter when just one outside loo was kept open with hot water) there would be no hot water for post loo hand washing which could be against one rule or another. Not quite fair to rail against staff in those circumstances. Maybe a big box of baby wipes from the cash and carry could have solved that problem and it is something that school governors should be prepared for.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • What has a school with heating problems got to do with a light dusting of snow,What has a school with heating problems got to do with a light dusting of snow?

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    norfolkandgood

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Talk about over reacting, I have not seen a single report stating we are going to get 8cm of snow, only in this report. EDP you realy have a responable position giving local people a true idea of what is happening, but yet you choose to over do things and paint a picture which is not true. Maybe you should read the Levison report.

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    parkeg1

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Snow ? What snow ? Mind you nothing comes to Gt Yarmouth if it has a choice

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    Thirdmate

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Good news folks, I'm just back from the supermarket with 10 loaves, 20 pints of milk, 24 loo rolls and a tin of bakes beans. Admittedly I have to tussle with an OAP for a couple of the loaves, but she had 18 others to keep her going!

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    KeithS

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Now we panic before anything happens do we? Why are Luton and Stansted's airports still open, they should shut immediately. Rail and airport problems are not down to weather but to shareholders and lack of finances for provisions or manpower that are on stand by during winter periods. Shut a school? Are they not wearing appropriate winter clothing?don't they get hot meals? And what is happening in places were its really cold, should we send a BBC crew to Russia for a three hour documentary? that'll stop them making it up from faxes.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Schools are often criticised unfairly when they close. It is not a decision taken lightly. Something else to bear in mind is that although many of us (including me) remember trudging through snow to get to school and sitting in multiple layers to keep warm, if the heating had gone wrong, that was in the days when most villages had their own school and the teachers lived in the village. These days, not every village has its own school and teachers often live quite a way from their place of work, making it difficult for them to get in to school.. Although the main roads are gritted and are not too bad to contend with, the problem is the difficulty in getting to the main roads.

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    Row71

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Who created this headline? Even I could have done better! It had nothing to do with the write up.

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    Lynda

    Monday, January 14, 2013

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