By DAVID BLACKMORE
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
As almost four inches of snow settled in West Norfolk overnight, the borough was also the coldest in the county as temperatures plummeted to minus five.
In winter weather, driving conditions can deteriorate fast, making driving hazardous. As a result, Norfolk Police are advising motorists to:
· Make sure all your car lights are working and you have no failed bulbs. Ensure that dirt, salt and snow is cleared away from light fixtures.
· Always ensure all windows are fully cleared of snow, frost and condensation before setting off on a journey - it is illegal to drive with obscured vision.
· Also clear snow from the top of the car as this can fall down and obscure your windscreen while you are driving.
· Keep windscreen washer fluid topped up as windscreens quickly become dirty from traffic spray and salt from the roads.
· Make sure you have sufficient fuel for your journey. Keep the fuel tank topped up.
· Give yourself extra time for your journey and drive at a constant speed. Accept your journey will take longer and don’t take risks.
· Take a mobile telephone with you and make sure it is fully charged. Carry a mobile charger in the car.
The snow and freezing conditions led to a difficult journey to work for commuters travelling to and from King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton.
A total of 18 primary and secondary schools in West Norfolk were also closed this morning following the snowfall yesterday afternoon and this morning.
Black bin collections scheduled for today in Blackborough End, Boughton, Dersingham, Downham Market, East Winch, Hunstanton, Marham, Wereham, West Dereham and West Rudham will be collected tomorrow, West Norfolk Council has confirmed.
Weather forecasters have predicted more snow for West Norfolk this afternoon and temperatures are set to stay low.
The temperature at the weather station at Marham was recorded at being minus five earlier today which made it the coldest place in Norfolk.
Cars were backed up in and around the London Road area in King’s Lynn during the morning rush hour after a car hit a road sign to avoid hitting a lorry coming in the opposite direction.
A broken down vehicle on the A10 Lynn Road at Setchey close to the Priory Chase junction then led to a build up of traffic on the busy route connecting King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Ely.
There was also queuing traffic earlier on the A10 at Runcton Holme heading towards King’s Lynn between the School Road junction in Runcton Holme and Hardwick Roundabout because of the conditions.
The snow also caused longer-than-usual delays on the A149 Queen Elizabeth Way in both directions in King’s Lynn between Queen Elizabeth Roundabout and Hardwick Roundabout.
Traffic then backed up at Terrington St Clement at lunchtime after a three-vehicle crash between a car, a van and a heavy goods lorry.
Police were called to the collision, which happened near to the African Violent Centre, in Station Road, at about 12.30pm. Diversions were put in place and traffic began to build up on the A17.
A spokesman for Norfolk police said: “Two of the vehicles are awaiting recovery and the road reopened at 2pm. None of the passengers are thought to have suffered serious injuries.”
West Norfolk schools shut this morning were Churchill Park Special School, in Lynn, Dersingham Infant and Nursery, Dersingham St George’s Junior and Downham Market High.
Fairstead Community Primary and Nursery, Howard Infant and Nursery, in Gaywood, Howard Junior, in Gaywood and Hunstanton Infant were also shut this morning.
As were King George VI Primary, in Great Bircham, Middleton Primary, Redgate Junior, in Hunstanton Sandringham and West Newton Primary School and Sedgeford Primary.
Ten Mile Bank Community Primary, Rosebery Short Stay, in Gaywood, Walpole Cross Keys Primary, Walsingham Community Primary and Wimbotsham and Stow Community complete the list of school closures.