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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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