Coldest winter for 18 years - and worse to come

ICY East Anglia is in the grip of the coldest winter for 18 years.

ICY East Anglia is in the grip of the coldest winter for 18 years.

Archant weatherman Ken Blowers said temperatures in Suffolk dropped to -6C overnight - which was the coldest recorded temperature since the bitter weather began in December - and the temperatures are likely to continue dropping this week.

The Met Office is set to issue severe weather warnings for the rest of the week from Tuesday and forecasters predict snow and sleet showers to arrive in the region tomorrow afternoon from a front moving in from the north.

The snow is likely to fall until Friday, but not to the same extent as before Christmas. However there are warnings of a 'weather event' at the end of the week, which Mr Blowers predicts could be heavy snow.

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Mr Blowers said: “By my records this is the coldest winter for 18 years. And it is only going to get worse.”

Weatherman Phil Garner, of Norwich-based Weatherquest, said we will continue to see the mercury drop to -1C during the day.

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He said: “There is a front moving in from the North so is set to get bitterly cold.

“Tomorrow it will start bright but cloud increasing and snow showers likely to break out now and again from lunchtime. The snow and sleet showers will continue as the week progresses.

“The average daytime temperature we see for this time of year is normally around 4 or 5 degrees but we are struggling to stay above 1 or 2 degrees.”

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