A further 20 schools and colleges in Norfolk have been forced to close early by the latest snowfall bringing the total to 61 across the county.

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Police have warned drivers to “expect the unexpected” this morning as they headed out.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said there had been an increasing number of crashes on the roads as commuters made their way in to work but there did not yet appear to be any serious injuries.

She added: “The inspector in our control room said to expect the unexpected. Your journey will not be smooth today.

“The road policing team are telling drivers to make sure you clear your whole car including the snow on the roof – and use your lights.”

Three crashes on the A11 are causing problems for commuters. A car hit the central reservation at Mundford, between the Mundford and Brandon Road roundabouts, at about 8.20am.

It spun round and ended up facing the wrong way in the fast lane. Police said the road was partially blocked, southbound, heading towards London.

At Spooner Row another vehicle has crashed with the central reservation while a second is nearby in a hedge on the A11. They are partially blocking the Norwich-bound carriageway.

And a two-vehicle crash on the A11 near Thetford involving a Mazda and a Ford Focus has completely blocked the road. Diversions are in place.

Another police spokesman warned the fact that Norfolk had not seen a “blanket” of snow could cause problems as drivers headed into areas worse affected.

Norfolk Fire Service said it had not yet been called to any crashes where drivers and passengers were trapped.

School closures are constantly updating as more sites are inspected. Many are blaming dangerous travelling conditions and problems for staff getting in.

But some schools are embracing the icy weather.

Gaywood Primary School, at King’s Lynn, is asking parents to send their children to school with extra coats and warm clothing.

In a tweet, it said: “Open as usual. Please send children with spare clothes, boots, hats, scarves and gloves so we can go onto the field. #SNOWMEN! #WOOHOO.”

Train operator Greater Anglia said most of its services should be running normally although trains between Norwich and Ely are being delayed because of a problem at a level crossing.

It is causing disruption between Spooner Row and Eccles Road and 20-minute delays are expected.

Greater Anglia is tweeting updates using the hashtag #EcclesRoad.

First Buses, Norfolk Green and Konnect Bus said all services were running this morning although all have warned passengers to expect delays of up to 20 minutes because vehicles are having to take extra care in the snow and those in the Norwich area are getting caught up in queues due to minor accidents.

Steve Royal, operations manager for Konnect Bus, said: “All the buses left the depots but we have got some delays of up to 20 minutes.

“All our staff have got in, so thank you to them from us.”

The Sportspark in Norwich has cancelled all its outdoor bookings today while Norfolk’s library service has sent out all its mobile units to try to reach the county’s book-loving communities.

Phil Garner, forecaster at Norwich-based Weather Quest said he expected just light snow showers over the next few days.

The west of Norfolk has already seen a few flurries this morning and they are likely to reach Norwich and Great Yarmouth later in the day.

But the forecaster said: “I don’t think there will be a great deal more in terms of amounts today. There are some light showers coming from the north.

“We’re expecting 1cm to 2cm. Showers will be very isolated overnight so no major accumulations.

“But it is going to be a really cold night tonight. Parts of Norfolk will be down to minus eight degrees. Much colder than last night and that has the knock on effect of ice.

“We will get a few flurries tomorrow and it’s mainly dry for Thursday and Friday. The next risk of snow for us seems to be for Sunday with a front coming from the west bringing more organised snow across.”

Norfolk school closures so far:

Alderman Peel High School

Ashwicken CE Primary School - closed due to adverse weather conditions.

Astley Primary School - School closing from 1.30pm due to bad weather conditions so that children and staff can get home.

Burnham Market Primary School - Due to adverse weather

Churchill Park School

City College Norwich – closed at 3pm

Colkirk CE VA Primary School - adverse weather and road conditions

Corpusty Primary School - The school is closing due to heavy snow and poor road conditions.

Dereham CE VA Infant School & Nursery - School is closed from 1:20pm due to bad weather.

Dersingham Infant & Nursery School - School closed due to unsafe site conditions and staff travel

Dersingham St. George’s CE Junior School - Closed due to safety on site and many staff live a long way from school

Diamond Academy - Bad weather and many staff travel distances and weather forecast poor for today also. Infants also shut.

Downham Market High Schoo- Due to local travel conditions around Downham Market making it unsafe for travel and buses

Duchy Of Lancaster CE Primary School

Fairstead Community Primary & Nursery School

Fakenham High School & College

Fakenham Infant & Nursery School - Fakenham Surestart Children’s Centre will also be closed.

Fakenham Junior School - School closed, staff live distance from school travel problems

Foulsham Primary School - School Closed today due to poor weather, staff unable to access main travel routes.

Gayton CE VC Primary School - Please could parents pick their children up as soon as possible due to weather conditions as we would like our staff to be able to travel home early today.

Great Dunham Primary School - Worsening weather conditions especially towards Dereham where most staff live.

Great Witchingham CE VA Primary School - Closing for the afternoon due to poor weather conditions.

Hall School - Closed due to safety concerns for Severe, Complex Needs Pupils travelling on side roads. In addition, to inadequate numbers of staff arriving to support high needs pupils at school.

Heather Avenue Infant School

Hellesdon High School - School closed at 1.45 to allow safe travel. Expected to be open tomorrow.

Hockering CE VC Primary School - Closing for afternoon due to bad weather.

Hockwold & Methwold Community School - Hockwold and Methwold Community School /Iceni Academy (both sites) is closed today due to back weather and lack of school transport. A’L exams (Biology and Economics) will go ahead this afternoon in CB2.

Howard Infant & Nursery School

Howard Junior School- Poor weather - treacherous conditions. Many staff live a long way from the school.

Hunstanton Infant School

King George VI Primary School

Little Snoring Primary School - School will be closed due to bad weather.

Middleton VC Primary School - Adverse driving conditions

Mulbarton Community Infant School - adverse weather

Mulbarton Junior School

Notre Dame High School (Academy) - Closed due to adverse conditions on site and transport difficulties, however the AS exams will still go ahead today

Queensway Infant School & Nursery - staff live along way from school unable to safely travel due to road conditions

Redgate Junior School

Rockland St. Mary Primary School

Sandringham & West Newton CE VA Primary School - Staff travelling difficulties

Sculthorpe CE VA Primary School - Sculthorpe Primary School will be closed today due to treacherous roads in the village and risk of pupils and staff getting in and out of school to high in these poor weather conditions.

Sedgeford Primary School - Conditions on hill means unsafe access to school for staff and pupils.

Sewell Park College - Due to deteriorating road conditions around the school, we will be closing at 2.30pm to allow students and staff to travel home safely. We expect to be open as normal tomorrow.

St. Clement’s High School - School is closed due to insufficient staff to supervise students.

St. Mary’s Community Primary School - Due to dangerous travelling conditions St Mary’s CP School is closed today

St. Mary’s Endowed VA CE Primary School - Closed due to weather and road conditions

St. Peter’s CE VC Primary School - School closing due to bad weather conditions from 1.30pm

Surlingham Community Primary School - heating problems and staff living a long way unable to travel safely

Ten Mile Bank Community Primary School - Staff travel but open to ICT solutions

The Bawburgh School - Closing early today due to the road conditions in and out of the village.

The Douglas Bader Short Stay School For Norfolk

The Locksley Short Stay School For Norfolk - Due to adverse weather

The Rosebery Short Stay School For Norfolk - The school is closed to students due to the bad weather and safety on site. Staff should attend.

Walpole Cross Keys Primary School - Treacherous road conditions for staff and pupils

Walsingham Community Primary School - adverse weather and road conditions

Weeting VC Primary School - Due to bad weather conditions and ability of staff to get to school. Mrs Burton will advise parents about O2 trip.

Wells-Next-The-Sea Primary & Nursery School - Children’s Centre also closed

West Raynham CE VC Primary School - West Raynham is closed today due to poor weather conditions and risk of pupils and staff travelling to and from school on snowy and icy roads.

Wimbotsham & Stow Community School - School closed due to heating problems, should be fixed for Wednesday

Winfarthing All Saints School – closed early due to heavy snow fall. Parents are requested to collect children as soon as possible.

25 comments

  • To Martin Adamms-Smith; Given that the UK very rarely sees heavy snowfall and that Germany, along with most other European countries on the continent do, perhaps that's the reason why your country can deal with it better than ours. Snow tyres are not compulsory here in the UK as we only get about 1 week of snow, if that, per year, and as you put it, we only get 1 inch of snow unlike the continent. So although you may think our world in Norfolk has 'ended' as you so dramatically put it, it has not. It has just slowed down! So perhaps stop being so smug; it's not very becoming. And as for the Hitler comment... really??!

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    nicola Allen

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Haven't the local kids got legs !! A bit of white stuff & it all goes to pot.

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    Sandra Osborn

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • I thought Norfolk was prepared with a mount Everest of salt.I was on the A47last night at 9pm trying to get to work and a major road was almost verging on the lethal road was a white blanket icey and never saw any gritting or snow clearing. Ended up going back home aftera few slide ridden miles.

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    chicken little

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • I thought Norfolk was prepared with a mount Everest of salt.I was on the A47last night at 9pm trying to get to work and a major road was almost verging on the lethal road was a white blanket icey and never saw any gritting or snow clearing. Ended up going back home aftera few slide ridden miles.

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    chicken little

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • I live in the south of Germany , and my neighbours read this story with disbelief ! An inch of snow and the world ends in Norfolk . We have severe snow here every year , and in my 10 years in Germany , I have never heard of one single school being closed for any reason . Also , has Blighty never heard of winter tyres ? They are compulsory here between november and april , and they work a treat . Lucky Hitler didn´t have a snow machine , or the war would have ended much much sooner !

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    martin addams-smith

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Amazing! No wonder people think those who come from Norfolk are Backward! Here in Bosnia the Schools operate despite the conditions and staff make every effort to keep the Schools open......Norfolk is a joke and its about time a few people got off there Backsides and sorted this mess out!

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    dave123

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I was at infant school during the winter of 62 - 63 , snow was several feet thick & continued that way for months, guess how many days my school was closed? Yup - not a single day off for me!

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    Tudor Bushe

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • And an added moan I drive a Citroen 2years old that has the road holding of a wet bar of soap.New cars are so light it's almost impossible to control on any icey surface.Miss my old 340Volvo so dam heavy but stuck to the road like glue.Happy days.

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    chicken little

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • An another thing - hardly any of the precious little darlings have to walk to school anymore. When I was at school kids walked anything up to 3 miles to and from school. It's pathetic!

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • What`s all the fuss about. It rained in Gorleston last night and now it has dried up completely. Bit cold but then it is January.

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    BG

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Has anyone seen poppy? she went out this morning and I haven't seen her again since. She normally comes in at 12:07 for her lunch but not today. Also, although i don't like people coming on my land someone has made a very lifelike snowcat in my front garden.

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    Bernard

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • I think those with rose tinted, or should that be snow tinted, glasses about how schools never used to close in the good old days need to think about the situation these days. In the good old days every village had its own school and the teachers usually lived in the village. That is simply not the case these days. Teachers often live quite a distance from their place of work. My child's primary school was not closed yesterday, and I am thankful for that but I know that several of the teachers would have had a nightmare getting home last night. Having been stuck in the traffic chaos myself last night, with it taking 2hrs 40 minutes to do a journey home from work which normally takes 40 mins, if I were the parent of a high school child travelling on school bus around the county, I would not have wanted them to be stuck on a bus in the horrendous conditions, for hours with no idea when they were going to get home, so I think it is right and sensible that some schools took the decision to close early. Also, most high schools have wide catchment areas and, their physical location, particularly some of the rurual high schools, would make it really difficult to get to. I do wonder what some of the school bashers on these forums would be saying if a bus full of school children had been in an accident caused by the conditions yesterday?

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    Row71

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • I live in the country and the main roads are fine, the back roads just need a little care, everybody else is getting to work and again the schools are closed! The teachers need to get off their backside and live in the real world. And its these people who are teaching and setting an example to our children.

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    Carol Barnes

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • H&S gone mad AGAIN. Every year this country grinds to a halt for hardly any snow. Schools close but everyone else is expected to get to work. ARGHHHHHHH

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    Ameedog

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • It said on the news earlier that 47 schools have closed in Norfolk. Well shame on them! The sun is shining the snow is melting, what's the problem. My neighbour from the Czech Republic couldn't stop laughing when I told her. Schools still carry on as normal out there with temps of -15 to -20. What wimps we are!

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    samphirelover

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Plus, if they close a school then you need a parent at home to look after the young people. With many families needing both parents at work in order to make ends meet, this is severely disruptive for a lot of people - one parent misses work for the day, so someone else has to cover for them or the work goes undone, causing issues further down the line, etc. Schools use the excuse "teachers have to travel in from a distance", but the main roads are all treated. Today Notre Dame is closed - but it's in the middle of the city and all be businesses around it are open, so why is the school closed?

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • You have to laugh at the nanny state, yet shops are forced in to closure on the high street.

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    KeithS

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Dear Carol. Please get your facts correct, before you made such ridiculous comments. The Headteachers make the call for schools to be closed, not 'teachers' as you suggest. I would also like to point out that if you read the health and safety guidelines that are imposed on Headteachers from Government, then perhaps you would understand. Would you be prepared to lose your job, go to court etc for making an incorrect call. In principle I agree that all schools should be open today. However this is always going to happen as long as Headteachers have over the top Health and Safety regulation hanging over their heads. It is the Government and Local Council you should be criticising. Not 'teachers' as you suggest, who have absolutely no part in the decision making.

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    Jon

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Rather strange but we still do not have a flake of snow in Gorleston. Clear as anything. Blue sky and above freezing.

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    BG

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Thank god we used to be able to cope with snow, otherwise all Hitler would have needed was 2 inches of snow in the UK and we would have be waving the white flags. What a farce. The previous is reference to WW2 for all those that have never been to school or heard about it.

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    ggj666

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • To Martin Adamms-Smith; Given that the UK very rarely sees heavy snowfall and that Germany, along with most other European countries on the continent do, perhaps that's the reason why your country can deal with it better than ours. Snow tyres are not compulsory here in the UK as we only get about 1 week of snow, if that, per year, and as you put it, we only get 1 inch of snow unlike the continent. So although you may think our world in Norfolk has 'ended' as you so dramatically put it, it has not. It has just slowed down! So perhaps stop being so smug; it's not very becoming. And as for the Hitler comment... really??!

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    nicola Allen

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Snow,slow,stop,gridlock,chaos! How many have got snow chains,for these conditions......Europe cope,norfolk shut down! Schools close,yet companys are open as usual,to get the bread & milk...!!!

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    padster

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • The Snow Caused Gridlock For Bus Communuters, I Left The Bus Station At 3:45pm And When we pasted sainsburys it was 5:10pm. Crazy! I Also hear that a police car hit someone on getlemans walk aswell.

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    Fuji

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Police have warned drivers to “expect the unexpected” as they head out today. ----------------------------------------------- Do drivers really need to "expect the unexpected" today or do they just need to expect the roads to be a bit slippery as there is snow on them.

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    neil499

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Good grief , and they wonder why kids are leaving school unable to read and write. WHY have they closed the schools.Most roads are fine. What a joke this country has become.

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    ggj666

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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