Coast takes brunt of Arctic blast

Felixstowe woke up to thick snow today - as Suffolk's coastline once again took the brunt of the big freeze.

SUFFOLK: Felixstowe woke up to thick snow today - as Suffolk's coastline once again took the brunt of the big freeze.

The wintry weather which battered the east coast was expected to be the heaviest snowfall anywhere in the county.

Dense snow flurries overnight have made driving conditions extremely hazardous.

But the downfall brought smiles to the faces of hoards of sledgers who made the most of the conditions, gliding down town centre roads which had been closed for works.

Forecaster John Law of Weatherquest said some parts of Suffolk will see up to 10cm settling today.

Widespread disruption is once again expected to hit Ipswich today with heavy snowfall expected after the Met Office issued a severe weather warning.

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Temperatures were set to feel even colder this afternoon as a north easterly wind struck the county, building in strength over the weekend.

Mr Law said: “As we head through the day there will be snow showers which could be heaviest in the eastern part of the county. Temperatures could be struggling to get above freezing.

“The wind will be more north-easterly in Suffolk and as we head into the weekend the wind will increase making the temperature feel bitterly cold.”

There were no major weather-related incidents on the county's roads yesterday, although there were a number of minor accidents.

The police received dozens of weather-related calls but the majority were about snowball throwing.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said: “The weather is forecast to continue for some time yet so we are renewing appeals for drivers to moderate their speed and drive to the conditions.”

The AA also advised drivers to check local traffic and weather reports before departing and to heed any police advice.

However, despite the poor conditions yesterday, a paramedic was able to battle through the snow to help deliver a baby.

East of England Ambulance Service paramedic Kev Kane attended the mum-to-be in Lowestoft. Initial thoughts were to transport the mum to the maternity unit at The James Paget Hospital, in Gorleston - but the baby had other ideas and at 8.58am, a 4lb girl was born.

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