Police warn drivers to take care amid cold and windy weather in Norfolk

Forecasters say Norfolk is unlikely to have a white Christmas. Photo: Antony Kelly

Forecasters say Norfolk is unlikely to have a white Christmas. Photo: Antony Kelly - Credit: Archant

Police have urged drivers to take care amid cold and windy weekend weather in Norfolk.

The Met Office had issued a yellow warning for snow and ice across Norfolk from 9am today through to 9am tomorrow (Sunday, December 16).

On Saturday, temperatures were hovering around two degrees, but south westerly winds bringing rain to the county meant it felt more like minus three or four degrees.

Norfolk police tweeted at just before 5.30pm that wind and weather conditions were 'building up' and several roads had trees down.

They urged: 'Drive according to conditions. Be careful'.

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On Sunday, temperatures will be slightly higher, around five or six degrees, with sun-shine expected around midday.

In reference to the snow and ice warning in place for much of the county, a Met Office spokesperson said: 'Freezing rain is expected to develop during Saturday, lasting into the early hours of Sunday.

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'This may result in the formation of ice on roads, pavements, trees and other structures.

'Freezing rain is rare in the United Kingdom, but when it does occur impacts can be severe. This is due to the fact that it can form very quickly, it can be difficult to see, and is incredibly slippery.

'The freezing rain and snow will be accompanied by strong southeasterly winds which will pose an additional hazard to travel, in particular over high ground.'

The Met Office has also told the public to expect possible travel delays on roads, delays or cancellations to rail and air travel and to be careful on untreated pavements and cycle paths might become slippery because of black ice.

Rural communities could become cut off with power cuts being expected to occur and mobile phone coverage being lost.

There may also be some road closures and longer journey times over the weekend.

On Twitter Norfolk County Council said its gritters will be out on Saturday and in the morning across west, south and the north of the county.

Other parts of the east affected include Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton and Peterborough.

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