Drivers warned to take extra care on windy Easter Monday, particularly on bridges in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft

Breydon Bridge in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

Breydon Bridge in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Drivers in the east of England are being warned to take extra care from the early hours of Easter Monday as strong winds are forecast to sweep across the area.

Highways England has issued an amber severe weather alert for its network of motorways and major A roads, Forecasters have said winds gusting up to 50-60mph and even 70mph along exposed coasts are possible.

The Breydon Bridge at Great Yarmouth and the Bascule Bridge at Lowestoft have been specifically mentioned in the Highways England severe weather alert as locations where extra care will be needed.

The alert is for high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and other vulnerable vehicles, which are advised to take extra care when travelling due to the increased risk of vehicles being blown over.

Drivers are advised to plan ahead for their journey before they set out, checking the forecast, road conditions and to leave extra time if travel conditions are poor or to delay their journey if the weather becomes increasingly severe.

Highways England warned the winds will be accompanied by outbreaks of heavy rain and as a result driving conditions will be hazardous for all vehicles.

As the severe weather coincides with the Easter holiday there are more likely to be vehicles towing caravans and trailers or with roof racks and top boxes fitted.

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The wind strength will ease in the afternoon from the west as the low pressure area associated with Storm Katie moves into the North Sea.

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