Braced for cold snap

There will be the odd snow shower and a seasonal chill but altogether more settled weather for Norfolk this week after last Thursday's battering from high winds.

There will be the odd snow shower and a seasonal chill but altogether more settled weather for Norfolk this week after last Thursday's battering from high winds.

And some of the 1,100 homes still left without power yesterday should have their electricity back today after engineers worked through the weekend to restore a full service across Norfolk.

Emma Coombes, of UEA-based Weatherquest, said there could be some snowfall in the county in the next few days but it was unlikely to cause major disruption.

"Coastal parts may see some and there is a risk of snow showers through today," she said.

"Because we've had such mild temperatures there is still a lot of heat in the ground and it is unlikely that anything will settle.

"As we go in to Tuesday and Wednesday there is a greater chance of areas inland seeing slightly more snow, especially overnight with the colder temperatures.

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"It will be frosty overnight, but only towards what is the average for this time of year and people will notice their windscreens will be frozen over in the mornings."

She said we had seen the last of winds for the "foreseeable future".

As of yesterday morning, EDF Energy had restored power to 98.5pc of homes affected by the storms in East Anglia but engineers were still at work on small clusters of homes without power throughout the region.

These included customers in Attleborough, Beccles, Bunwell, Bury St Edmunds, Denver, Dereham, Diss, Downham Market, Yarmouth, Hevingham, Hunstanton, King's Lynn, North Walsham, Norwich, Sheringham, Swaffham, Thetford and Wisbech.

Meanwhile, businesswoman Samantha Von Daniken, whose soon-to-be opened antiques centre was destroyed by a 200-year-old tree which crashed through its roof in Thursday's gales, has pledged to be trading in Kettlestone, near Fakenham, by March.

Elsewhere, the area in front of the entrance to the Tesco store in Dereham was cordoned off over the weekend after tiles blew off the roof in the strong winds.

And it emerged that elderly residents of a sheltered housing development in Harleston were left without heating or hot water for more than 24 hours after storms brought down power lines.

The 34 flats and bungalows at Terence Airey Court, in Elizabeth Walk, were cast into darkness at about 4pm on Thursday.

But a Housing 21 spokesperson confirmed that EDF Energy had made residents a top priority and had restored power by midnight on Friday.

Tree surgeons are set to be at the West Suffolk Hospital at Bury St Edmunds for the rest of the week after a row 30 trees were damaged during last week's high winds.

Hospital officials are warning patients, visitors and staff to expect delays and disruption as a 250-place car park is closed for felling works to be carried out.