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Roads grind to a halt and businesses forced to close - the Beast from the East hits Norwich

PUBLISHED: 09:53 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 28 February 2018

Snow in Norwich. Norwich Station. 28/2/2018
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Snow in Norwich. Norwich Station. 28/2/2018 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

The fine city was swept by snow on Wednesday, with roads ground to a halt and businesses forced to close.

By 9am, the A11, A47 and A140 in and out of the city were all blocked, with the county council attempting to get gritters out on their fourth run since the early hours of the morning.

It was a different picture inside the city centre, with many usually busy routes, including Queen’s Road and Rouen Road, quiet as drivers avoided getting behind the wheel.

Snow in Norwich. Prince of Wales Road. 
28/2/2018
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSnow in Norwich. Prince of Wales Road. 28/2/2018 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Areas in and around the city were some of the worst hit, including Cringleford, where 25cm of snow fell, Hethersett, which saw 21cm, Norwich west, 22cm, Norwich central, 18cm, and Thorpe Hamlet, 18cm, according to meteorologist Dan Holley.

Snow in Norwich. 28/2/2018
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSnow in Norwich. 28/2/2018 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

MORE: Cars stuck on roads and bus services scrapped as region wakes up to heavy snowfall

Snow in Norwich. Prince of Wales Road. 
28/2/2018
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSnow in Norwich. Prince of Wales Road. 28/2/2018 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Pictures were sent in from around the city of good Samaritans helping people stuck in their cars, as police advised people to stay indoors if possible.

Konectbus and Norwich Park and Ride routes were all suspended until further notice.

Snow in Norwich. Rosary Road. 
28/2/2018
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSnow in Norwich. Rosary Road. 28/2/2018 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The vast majority of the schools in the area decided to close, though Queen’s Hill Primary, in Costessey, opted to stay open.

While some businesses were forced to close - including the Big C cancer charity, which shut its Magdalen Street and Timberhill branches - the Cellar House, in Eaton, chose to embrace the cold weather, hosting a snow building contest.

The display outside Norfolk Discount. Picture: Mark ShieldsThe display outside Norfolk Discount. Picture: Mark Shields

MORE: More than 400 schools shut in Norfolk and Waveney as snow sweeps in

And at Norfolk Discount, on Plumstead Road, the team put out “Norfolk’s finest bob sleigh for hire” - one of their own display bathtubs.

Norfolk Museums service closed Norwich Castle, the castle’s study centre, the Museum of Norwich and Strangers Hall.

The Millennium Library, at the Forum, is open on the ground and first floor only. Closing time will be reviewed later in the day.

• If we’ve missed anything, please email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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