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How to check if schools in your area are open today amid forecast snow

PUBLISHED: 08:16 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 21:14 26 February 2018

There could be tricky driving conditions with icy roads as the Beast from the East hits Suffolk and north Essex. Picture: SIMON PARKER

There could be tricky driving conditions with icy roads as the Beast from the East hits Suffolk and north Essex. Picture: SIMON PARKER

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Widespread snow has been forecast for Suffolk and Essex this week, starting this morning. Find out here if your local school in Suffolk or Essex has been forced to close fully or partially.

Some parts of the UK are set to feel colder than places in the Arctic Circle as the freezing temperatures continue into the week.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings of snow in the region, including Suffolk and Essex, for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. By the middle of the week, the majority of Britain is being warned of the potential for delays on the roads, trains and in the air.

See here for updates on when Suffolk schools have closed.

See here for updates on when Essex schools have closed.

Met Office meteorologist Charlie Powell said: “The UK is on track for some really cold weather this week. It’s not going to be record-breaking, but it’ll be pretty exceptional - winds are going to make it feel minus 10C (14F) to minus 15C (5F) during the day.

“We will see the first signs of that tonight (Sunday) in the shape of snow showers working all the way down the east coast.

“That continues into Monday, with snow showers moving across the country during the day before reaching Wales.

“Winds are then going to strengthen and we could see some easterly gales through the eastern Channel and east Anglia by the middle of the week.

“That’s going to make it feel really cold, daytime temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will be struggling to get above freezing for most of the country.”

He added: “By Thursday evening, there are growing signs there could be some significant snowfall across southern England.

“Unusually for Britain, the snow is going to be quite dry, so it will blow around and gather in drifts and we could see some blizzard conditions.

“We don’t want to scare people, but people should make sure they are prepared for some seriously cold weather.”

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