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Drivers urged to take care, as Met Office issues ice warning for Norfolk and Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 08:26 04 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:26 04 February 2018

Drivers have been warned there could be icy conditions on Norfolk's roads on Sunday. They are hoping to avoid crashes such as this one. Picture: Norfolk police

Drivers have been warned there could be icy conditions on Norfolk's roads on Sunday. They are hoping to avoid crashes such as this one. Picture: Norfolk police

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Drivers have been warned that roads in Norfolk and Suffolk could be slippery on Sunday morning, with the Met Office issuing a warning about ice.

Forecasters have issued a yellow warning for much of the two counties, which will be in place between 2am and 10am on Sunday.

They say icy patches are likely to form on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, bringing a risk of injuries from slips and falls as well as difficult driving conditions.

The chief forecaster said: “Cloud will tend to break overnight allowing temperatures to fall below freezing in places and ice to form on some untreated surfaces. In addition, wintry showers could very locally produce a light covering (1 cm or less) of snow.”

And, a further yellow warning about snow and ice has been issued for Sunday night and Monday morning, although that covers parts of Suffolk and Essex, rather than Norfolk.

Covering the period from 8pm on Sunday and 10am on Monday, it warns that wintry showers could cause disruption on some roads and railways, with icy patches likely to develop on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

Last Friday, emergency services were called to 37 crashes in the space of just two-and-a-half hours because of icy conditions on Norfolk’s roads.

Norfolk County Council apologised because roads had not been gritted, although the council said the forecast had not predicted such freezing temperatures.

The council today tweeted that the grit lorries would be out tonight. They said: “Low temps predicted overnight so the gritters will be out from 6 this evening on all gritting routes, 7 in the city so take care when driving#norfolkwinter”.


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