Gritters out in force as big freeze hits

GRITTERS were out in force across Suffolk overnight as temperatures plummeted reaching minus four in some parts of the county.

Annie Davidson

GRITTERS were out in force across Suffolk overnight as temperatures plummeted reaching minus four in some parts of the county.

The cold snap was predicted to continue today with thermometers due to reach only two or three degrees above freezing and sleety showers on the way.

Reports came in just after 9am today of snow beginning to fall in Beccles.

Emma Sharples, forecaster for Weatherquest, said this morning: “The temperature in Wattisham dropped to minus four overnight, there could be isolated spots where it was even a bit lower.

“It's going to be a chilly day, only two or three degrees with sleety rain going through this morning so it will be a bit miserable.

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“Tonight won't be as chilly, maybe one degree above freezing, but we will continue to see further wintery weather over the next couple of days with more snow showers tomorrow and we don't really get away from that through into the weekend, although Saturday may have a bit more brightness.”

By 7am today emergency services were reporting no major accidents or incidents connected to the freezing weather overnight.

However the East of England Ambulance Service urged drivers to take care on their journeys and make sure they carried essential supplies.

Neil Storey, interim associate director of accident and emergency services, said: “As many people will be aware, the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the next few days, due to the adverse winter weather conditions.

“The East of England Ambulance Service would like to reassure people that a normal 999 service is in operation, and we have a number of 4x4 vehicles on standby across the region to assist as needed.

“However, we would ask people to help by only dialling 999 if absolutely necessary.

“We would advise people to only undertake essential journeys, and if they must travel to carry with them appropriate supplies, such as warm blankets, food and drink.”