Rare ‘diamond dust’ spotted in Suffolk - while freezing temperatures and snow are expected to hit East Anglia this week

A flurry of snow hit the region this afternoon. Photo: Antony Kelly.

A flurry of snow hit the region this afternoon. Photo: Antony Kelly. - Credit: Archant

A stunning rare weather phenomenon was spied in East Anglia this morning - as the region braces itself for more freezing temperatures.

The so-called diamond dust, small ice crystals floating in fog, was spotted in Eye, in Suffolk, this morning.

The ground-level cloud is rare in this country, according to UEA-based Weatherquest forecaster Steve Western, who said it can give a beautiful 'twinkling' effect.

It comes in the midst of wintry temperatures which saw most of the region glimpse a flurry of snow over the weekend - if only for a few moments.

This week will continue to be cold for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, Mr Western said.

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'It will be mostly dry but I can't rule out an isolated wintry shower on the north Norfolk coast. Tuesday will also be mostly dry, with a little bit of rain in Cambridgeshire and west Norfolk, but it is Wednesday that it becomes interesting,' he added.

While tonight's temperatures are expected to dip between minus two and four degrees Celcius, another flurry of snow could be on the horizon for Wednesday.

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'We could see a covering of snow in Cambridgeshire, west Norfolk and Suffolk - the amounts aren't going to be huge and I'm not expecting it to cause any travel disruption though,' he added.

Thursday and Friday are expected to be mostly dry across the region, with a chance of rain on Saturday.

Did you see today's diamond dust? If so, send us your pictures to lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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