Windy weather set to return to Norfolk - and a few snow flakes could follow

People walk along Brancaster beach in Norfolk, as the wind whips up sand across the beach. Blustery

People walk along Brancaster beach in Norfolk, as the wind whips up sand across the beach. Blustery winds could return tonight. Pic: Chris Radburn/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Parts of Norfolk could be battered by winds of up to 60mph tonight, forecasters have warned, while some of the county could even see a few flakes of snow tomorrow morning.

The topsy-turvy weather patterns saw warm temperatures earlier this week, but today temperatures are not likely to reach much higher than eight degrees Celsius.

And, after blustery winds on Wednesday night, parts of the county could have more of the same tonight - with temperatures also plunging.

Chris Bell, forecaster at University of East Anglia-based Weatherquest, said: 'We are looking at a real change tonight, when we will go from the autumnal weather to wintry type conditions for tomorrow.

'Winds will start to pick up this evening and continue to do so later tonight and into the early hours. Gusts will average about 30mph, but they could reach 50mph or even 60mph on the north Norfolk coast.' He said the windiest spell was likely to be from 4am until early afternoon tomorrow.

And Mr Bell warned: 'It's going to feel bitterly cold, with temperatures of five to six degrees. Given a couple of days ago it was 15 degrees that will be quite a shock to the system.

'There could be sleet mixed in with rain and I wouldn't be surprised if some people report some snow flakes, but I don't think there will be enough to settle.'

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Those taking part in Sunday morning's Norwich half-marathon from the Showground at Costessey are likely to be chilly, but dry.

Mr Bell said: 'They should be cold, but it won't be as wet as areas such as Cromer and the Broads. It's not out of the question that they could be pelted with hail showers, but it's a lower risk for them than in other parts of the county.'