High winds and a sprinkling of snow causes disruption across the region

Snow hits Norwich streets. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Snow hits Norwich streets. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

High winds and a sprinkling of snow have caused disruption across the region.

There were reports of snow flurries across Norfolk, and at Norwich International airport the runway was closed from about 8pm because of the weather conditions.

An airport spokesman said that the runway was closed due to ice and slush and that airport staff were working hard to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

A flight from Edinburgh was diverted to Stansted and a flight from Aberdeen was cancelled.

Meanwhile, a number of communities across Norfolk and Suffolk have been affected by power cuts.

This has included reports of more than 500 homes in the Bawdeswell area being without power.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service was also called out to deal with a number of trees that had fallen down across the county, including in Northrepps, Erpingham, Cromer, Sheringham, Irstead and Overstrand.

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Fire crews were also called out to rescue two drivers who had got stuck while trying to cross the flooded Welney causeway just before 7.30pm.

Fire crews from Downham Market and Littleport attended and were helped by a local farmer with his tractor.

A fishing boat also got into difficulty in The Wash as high winds swept across the region.

Wells Lifeboat was alerted at about 9.50pm that the boat, which was called Lucky Luke and had three people on board, had damaged its rudder and needed assistance.

Lifeboats from Wells and Skegness were sent to help but were stood down just before 10.45pm when the people on the boat made contact and said she was in the channel to King's Lynn and no longer needed assistance.