3pm update: Heavy snow starts falling in West Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 15:05 18 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:26 18 January 2013

The pitch at The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC, is covered by a blanket of snow. Picture: Ian Burt

The pitch at The Walks, home of King's Lynn Town FC, is covered by a blanket of snow. Picture: Ian Burt

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Heavy snow has entered West Norfolk and is currently working it’s way towards Downham Market and is expected to reach King’s Lynn before the evening rush hour.

Only travel if necessary but if you do, remember to check these before you go:

- Antifreeze: Check coolant regularly, and top-up with mixture of the right type

- Battery: A battery more than five years old may struggle in cold weather.

- Petrol: Keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of delays

- Lights: Clean and check all lights regularly, and carry spare bulbs

- Tyres: They should have at least 3mm tread and check the pressure every fortnight

- Windscreen: Clear it completely before leaving

- Screenwash: Use 50pc mix of a good quality screen wash to reduce chance of freezing

- Locks and seals: Stop doors freezing shut with a thin coat of Vaseline on rubber door seals

According to the Met Office the heavy snow per hour will hit Downham Market by 4pm and reach King’s Lynn by 5pm.

Forecaster Phil Garner, from Norwich-based Weatherquest, said the heavy snow will cover the rest of the borough by early evening and stay in the area until later tonight.

He added: “The maximum temperature at Marham was minus 0.7 yesterday and the minimum was minus 2.3 so it was not as cold as it has been there.

“Looking ahead to tomorrow, it will be fairly cloudly in West Norfolk with some light showers in the morning and temperatures will again struggle to get above freezing.”

There were four West Norfolk schools closed this morning and seven more shut over lunchtime.

Burnham Market Primary, Great Massingham Primary, Marham Junior, Terrington St Clement’s High schools were all closed because of the predicted snow this afternoon.

The King’s Lynn Academy remained closed because of ongoing electrical problems but it is hoped the school will open again on Monday.

Dorking Primary School and Nursery, Fairstead Community Primary and Nursery were open this morning but closed at 12noon.

Meanwhile Howard Infant and Nursery school and both the College of West Anglia’s King’s Lynn and Wisbech campuses closed at 1pm.

Howard Junior, St Michael’s Primary and Whitefriars Primary schools closed at 1.15pm.

King’s Lynn Town’s Evo-Stik League Division One South fixture at home to Kidsgrove Athletic has also been called off due to adverse weather conditions.

The pitch at the The Walks is covered in snow therefore the decision to postpone the game was made on this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s 3pm kick off

Train services are currently running from King’s Lynn, Watlington, Downham Market and Ely to Cambridge and King’s Cross without any delays.

There are, however, a host of roadworks currently taking place which are currently causing disruptions.

There is one lane closed on the A149 Hardwick Road, between Scania Way and Hansa Road, heading into King’s Lynn.

A 30mph speed restriction is in place along the A149 Queen Elizabeth Way in King’s Lynn at the Jubilee roundabout because of roadworks.

Elsewhere the B1153 in Congham is closed between the Saint Andrews Lane junction and the Wheatfields junction because of water main work.

Westgate Street in Shouldham is also closed between the Fairstead Drove junction and the Lynn Road junction because of drainage works.

Meanwhile over in Ten Mile Bank, near Downham Market, Engine Road is closed between the Church Road junction and the Ten Mile Bank junction because of roadworks.

Sedge Drove, also in Ten Mile Bank, is closed at the Sedge Drove Bridge junction because of an unsafe bridge.

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