Gritters sent out as temperatures drop below freezing with chance of snow in Norfolk and Suffolk tonight

One of the Norfolk County Highways gritter lorries at the salt dome at the depot at Ketteringham. Pi

One of the Norfolk County Highways gritter lorries at the salt dome at the depot at Ketteringham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

April showers may turn wintry this evening – bringing sleet and snow to Norfolk and northern parts of Suffolk during the night.

A view along the river Waveney to St Michael's church, Beccles.

A view along the river Waveney to St Michael's church, Beccles. - Credit: Archant © 2013

Weatherquest forecaster Phil Garner said that Norfolk will see temperatures as low as -1C tonight as low pressure from Arctic regions sweeps in from the North Sea.

The wintry showers will fall between midnight and 5am and snow may fall in the areas with the heaviest showers.

Norfolk County Council will mobilise its fleet of gritters early tomorrow morning to reduce the risk of slippery roads.

People will wake up to cold temperatures tomorrow of around 2C, Mr Garner said.


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'April is a variable month generally, hence the term April showers, and tonight we may even see some of the snow showers settle', he said.

'It's likely rain will start to fall this afternoon, which may turn wintry throughout the evening. We could see some fall overnight, with the coldest temperatures at around 1am.

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'It will also be windy – we've been seeing average temperatures of around 10C (50F) recently, but this will drop to around 4C (39.2F) today.'

He said such temperatures are likely to last for the next few days.

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