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Motorists warned to take ‘extra care’ on roads across Waveney

16:09 19 January 2013

SNOWY SCENE: A snow covered Crown Meadow, home of Lowestoft Town Football Club, who were among the clubs that fell foul of the conditions with matches having to be called off on Saturday. PICTURE: Nick Butcher.

SNOWY SCENE: A snow covered Crown Meadow, home of Lowestoft Town Football Club, who were among the clubs that fell foul of the conditions with matches having to be called off on Saturday. PICTURE: Nick Butcher.

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WITH the worst of the bad weather seemingly avoiding Waveney so far, temperatures look set to struggle to get above freezing across Suffolk tonight.

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A slight dusting of snow fell overnight, and although no more snow has fallen across the district today, the cold conditions has seen the focus shift to icy roads and paths – with sub-zero temperatures persisting over existing snow cover in many areas.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice for the county tomorrow (Sunday) morning, as they advise people to “be aware” of weather conditions.

They also predict light snow is likely to fall throughout tonight (Saturday), with “more moderate snow” to fall across the region – but stressed this warning is subject to change – as about 2cm to 5cm of snow is predicted to fall across the county tomorrow.

Met Office forecaster Michael Lawrence said: “Around 2cm of snow fell overnight across Suffolk, although some places would have seen more.

“It will be more hit and miss up and down the county today but there will be brief showers of snow flurries, brisk winds and a peak temperature of -1C.

“Some places will struggle to get above freezing.

“We are warning the public to be aware and take care when they are out and about.”

The Met Office warned of heavier snow to fall in places across Suffolk tomorrow, with temperatures set to dip to a maximum of -2C in places during the day and the worst of the snow expected to hit at around 6pm.

Mr Lawrence added: “We are warning the public that this snow will fall on existing snow and there will be ice underfoot that they might not see.

“We urge everyone to be careful.”

With motorists being reminded “to take extra care” on the roads, there have not been any reports of major problems on the roads in Waveney today.

But with “more snow forecast and temperatures set to drop again,” a Suffolk police spokesman said: “We urge all drivers to drive with caution and only when essential.

“Drivers should make sure their car lights are on, have a mobile phone, have sufficient amounts of fuel, drive at a safe speed and allow plenty of time for journeys.”

Gritting teams in Suffolk are also gearing up for the snowfall tomorrow.

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