UPDATED: Gritters out for evening rush hour

Gritters are out in force across the county as motorists head home during the rush hour.

Gritters are out in force across the county as motorists head home during the rush hour.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said the gritters were out because snow showers were expected tonight, and that they would also be out again at 8pm, 2am and 4am.

He said the council would also be monitoring the weather throughout the weekend.

Norwich City Council is also sending out its gritters at 6pm tonight and said it too would be keeping watch on the weather over the weekend and acting accordingly.

Drivers on the A148 also face disruption after a lorry jackknifed. The road is partially blocked at Dunton, near Fakenham with queuing traffic in both directions between the A1065 junction and the New Road junction.

Parts of Dereham were brought to a standstill this afternoon as heavy snow returned and drivers took half an hour to travel less than a mile around school picking up time in Toftwood and Dereham town centre.

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There were also very bad delays near the Tesco store in Yaxham Road, and vehicles were travelling at about 10mph on the A47.

Meanwhile, five teenagers were praised for pushing cars which got stuck on the slope between the Tesco store and Oak Street in Fakenham. Judith Kilbourn, of Pensthorpe, said: 'The hill was proving a problem for cars and five lads were pushing people out when they had got stuck. I just felt they should be applauded for what they were doing. They were doing it for about half an hour.'

A spokesman for Norfolk police said there had not been a particular increase in the number of accidents, and that it had been 'business as usual' during the day.

From midday through to 4pm, they had recorded 28 damage-only road traffic accidents, and eight accidents in which people were injured, although the spokesman stressed, not all the incidents could be attributed to the weather conditions.

About 300 homes at Gressenhall, near Dereham were left without electricity for some time, but power has now been restored to most of them.

The Met Office has issued heavy snow warnings for the east coast across the weekend and into the beginning of next week.

Joe Osborne, from Norwich-based Weatherquest, said: 'There's going to be widespread sharp frost which will lead to icy roads for the commute tomorrow morning.

'With a layer of frost on the ground and further snow showers, we could also wake up to a couple of centimetres of snow in the morning.

'As the ground is quite warm at this time of year, we're not expecting significant accumulations.'

The RAC is also advising motorists heading home tonight are advised to check local weather reports and traffic conditions.

The motoring organisation's fleet of 4 x 4 vehicles are on stand-by in the worst affected areas and extra patrols are on the ground to help

For more updates on the weather and how it may affect you, see tomorrow's paper.