Chilly start for county

IPSWICH woke up to a chilly start today as frost covered the county.A cold snap caused by winds from the Arctic sent overnight temperatures plummeting as low as -4C.

IPSWICH woke up to a chilly start today as frost covered the county.

A cold snap caused by winds from the Arctic sent overnight temperatures plummeting as low as -4C.

Gritters were out in force overnight and this morning on major routes around the county, but with a fast-rising sun it was not thought that ice would cause a major problem for motorists.

Despite the morning sunshine, today's daytime temperature were only expected to struggle up to around 8C.


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The bitter weather is expected to continue with periods of rain and sleet before chilly winds from the North Sea hit the region at the end of the week.

Ken Blowers, The Evening Star's weatherman, said: “Today we are going to see some rain and sleet showers coming from the northwest. Tomorrow will be dry but cold.

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“Towards the end of the week, we are going to get something we haven't had for along time - an easterly wind bringing showers from the North Sea. It will feel cold and raw.”

Suffolk County Council has mobilised its fleet of vehicles on its Priority 1 network which includes nearly 1100 miles of A-roads and selected B-roads.

Thirty-nine vehicles from ten locations use around 140 tonnes of salt at a cost of £10,000 for each treatment.

A Priority 1 network is gritted when ice is expected, while Priority 2, which includes minor rural routes, is treated when snow and ice is forecast

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