First snow comes and goes

PUBLISHED: 19:43 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 19:54 30 November 2017

Snow arrives in Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Snow arrives in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

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East Anglia has welcomed the first snowfall since last winter, but it is not expected to stick around.

Snow arrives in Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherSnow arrives in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

Flurries of snow fell across Oulton Broad, Southwold, Wymondham, Lowestoft, Diss, Thorpe Marriott, Great Yarmouth, Bradwell, Gorleston, Beccles and Norwich.

However, the majority of snow soon turned to slush.

Dan Holley, meteorologist at Weatherquest, said that the ground temperature is currently too high for the snow to stick.

He said: “The main thing that determines whether snow settles is the temperature of the ground.

“Firstly, we’re at the beginning of the season so we haven’t had three months of winter to cool things down. Plus, we’ve not had much in the way of hard frost this week, which has meant that when the snow has landed on the ground it has largely melted on impact.

“Snow has been settling on grass, because obviously grass is slightly elevated above the ground, but eventually that will turn slushy and melt anyway once rain showers start again.”

The weather was more windy than wintry on the north Norfolk coast.

North Sea winds of 49mph were recorded in Weybourne, with Cromer recording the highest temperature of 4C. As such, the majority of snowfall was recorded inland, where temperatures averaged 2C.

Snow showers in the city centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSnow showers in the city centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

However, the windchill factor meant temperatures felt more like a bitterly cold -5C.

But the weekend is expected to have more of a mild feel across the region, as winds turn more easterly and East Anglia comes under the influence of North Sea air.

Most areas are expected to be drier and the higher temperatures will mean showers will take the form of rain or hail.

However, drivers are still being advised to take extra care on the roads. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice and delays are expected on untreated roads where there may be icy stretches.

Snow arrives in Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherSnow arrives in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

Iain Temperton, Norfolk County Council’s casualty reduction team manager, said: “The most important piece of advice we tell drivers is to always drive to the road conditions and never assume those conditions won’t change throughout your journey. Reduce your speed, take your time and get there safely.”

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