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East Anglia: Few problems as snow misses region

PUBLISHED: 09:32 26 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:32 26 January 2013

The region's roads were running clearly on Saturday.

The region's roads were running clearly on Saturday.

FEARS that another heavy snowfall could paralyse the region just before a rapid thaw set in proved unfounded as the harsh weather missed most of East Anglia.

A small amount of wet snow did fall across Suffolk during the early hours of Saturday morning – but it had cleared by the time most people were up and about.

By breakfast time the sun was appearing, and the thaw that forecasters had been predicting seemed to have set in.

Temperatures are set to reach 5C later on Saturday, and could reach double figures by Sunday and during next week – prompting fears in some parts of the country that a rapid thaw could lead to flooding problems.

A police spokeswoman said there had been few problems on the roads – there had been a couple of minor accidents overnight caused by cars sliding on ice but nothing serious.

Rail services between Ipswich and London were running well – although there were delays between Ipswich and Norwich because of a fault on a level crossing north of Diss.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is seeking the services of a special volunteer – one who isn’t afraid of the dark.

Hopes of developing through rail services between Ipswich and the south west of England are still being considered – despite fears that a new cross-country rail link may only be for commuter services.

Much of the area of Ipswich, bound by Cauldwell Hall Road, Woodbridge Road and Foxhall Road, is part of the town developed by the Suffolk Freehold Land Society.

Forecasters have warned of strong winds of around 65mph that are expected to sweep into the county this evening, as a wet and windy night is expected to continue into the morning.

Lorries were destroyed in a fire aboard a passenger liner on its way to Harwich International Port this morning.

This Saturday is the last time weekend rail travellers from East Anglia will be able to reach London without having to complete part of the journey by bus until after Easter.

Community leaders will tomorrow decide whether or not to order changes to be made to a property which was not built in line with the approved plans.

Suffolk is in the final five for BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Holiday Destination of the Year 2018 – and needs your vote to scoop the prestigious award.

Do you remember when The Bobby Charlton Soccer School made a trip to Ipswich over 35 years ago to hold a session at Thurleston High School.

Molly dancers and musicians will take part in a strange ritual in a Suffolk village this weekend – under strict instruction from the whiffler and his whiffling stick.

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