North Norfolk residents have had a stark reminder of the beauty, danger and sheer force of the weather recently as the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ brought snow, subzero temperatures and chilly winds.
Battling through drifting snow and treacherous roads, a 20 minute job for one East of England Ambulance team turned into a nine hour “Arctic expedition” as they trekked for three miles over fields with equipment tied to sledges.
With severe weather continuing to batter the region, the crew of the Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat used the stormy conditions and driving snow as the perfect opportunity to put their rough weather boat handling skills to the test.
With freezing temperatures, fierce winds and more snow than anyone could have predicted, the Beast from the East is wreaking havoc on the county. If your home or vehicle has been left needing repairs due to the bad weather, making sure you take the time to find the right trader is extremely important.
Farmers were out in force across East Anglia this week, battling the elements to tend their livestock and help stranded motorists as the icy chill of the Beast from the East gripped the region. CHRIS HILL and SARAH CHAMBERS report.
While worsening, snowy conditions bring out the best in most drivers, some don’t do themselves or other road-users any favours by showing a lack of care and common sense, says motoring editor Andy Russell.
An army of gritter lorries and tractors have been working throughout the the day to clear the snow from the county’s roads - and work is set to continue into the night as the treacherous conditions caused by the Beast from the East continue.
Norwich Theatre Royal has said it is currently agreeing “a gesture of goodwill” for ticket holders who are unable to make it to this week’s performances of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella due to the extreme weather conditions.
The man responsible for keeping Norfolk’s roads clear has said, gritters have been working through the night to treat the roads, but admitted, with the benefit of hindsight, he would have attached snowploughs to them sooner.
Heavy snowfall may make you feel like slumping on the sofa with the central heating on, but if you head outdoors there’s plenty to do in Norfolk’s winter wonderland. Simon Parkin offers 10 ways to enjoy this snowy week and beyond.