More sleet and snow on way for Norfolk

The wintry weather continued to cause problems in Norfolk today, with another fresh blanketing of snow for much of the county - and there is more sleet and snow on the way for the weekend.

Phil Garner, from University of East Anglia-based Weatherquest, said it looked as temperatures had plunged to around -6 degrees centigrade in some parts of the county overnight.

He said: 'The showers will be fading away through the day and it should be fine and bright later, with temperatures of one or two degrees.

'But coming into the weekend, there is more snow and sleet from the west on the way and overnight temperatures could be as low as -3 degrees centigrade, so there could be a lot of ice about in the morning.'

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Snow fell again in the early hours today, with Norwich International Airport closed until 8.30am because of snow on the runway and the 6.50am train from Norwich to London cancelled.

First Eastern Counties made alterations to a number of its services because of icy roads. Passengers on services 12, 12A, 12B, 13, 15A, 19/20 and 35 all faced disruption, with some stops not served.

Seven schools closed across the county yesterday, and by 11.15am today 25 had announced they would be closed.

It was a mixed picture around the county, with some areas spared fresh snowfall, but other places such as Wells-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton, Great Yarmouth and Hickling experiencing showers.

Snow around Cromer has started to clear this afternoon but has left icy and treacherous pavements in its wake.

North Norfolk was covered in a blanket of snow this morning as up to four inches of snow fell overnight.

The fresh snowfall has left many roads hazardous, with drivers struggling to make it up some of the steep hills in Cromer.

The conditions have lead to a number of accidents on the roads. The A149 North Walsham road in Thorpe Market between Roughton Road and Norwich Road is currently closed in both directions while work takes place recovering a jack-knifed lorry.

Warnings have also been given out concerning hazardous driving conditions on the A1082 Holway Road Sheringham, both ways between A148 Holt Road and A149 Cromer Road and Cromer Road in Overstrand, both ways between Pauls Lane and Overstrand Road.

Bin collections have also been suspended today across the whole of North Norfolk District, because of the snow.

Today's work will be done on Monday, weather permitting.

A spokesman said: 'We do still have refuse collections outstanding from earlier in the week, and we aim to catch up with those as soon as possible, starting Monday.

'Sincere apologies to everyone for the inconvenience. We ask that people please leave their bins out so they are ready when we resume collections.'

Norwich City Council officers said the bad weather was affecting recycling and waste collections around the city.

A spokesman said: 'Our contractors will continue to try and make as many collections as possible, so if you have a scheduled collection, or if it has not been possible to make your collection over the last couple of days, please leave your bins at your normal collection point and we will empty them as soon as possible.'

Meanwhile, Norfolk County Council bosses re-iterated that it is fine to clear snow from paths without fear of legal action if somebody slips.

Graham Plant, Norfolk's cabinet member for travel and transport said: 'There is nothing wrong with taking sensible steps to clear snow from outside your property. If you sweep away snow and use kitchen salt or sand to make paths and steps safer you are not making yourself automatically liable if anyone then slips or falls. It's a myth, and no-one should be deterred from community-spirited action that is likely to make life easier for all.'