Severe disruption as more snow forecast

POOR weather is again expected to cause widespread disruption throughout Suffolk today after further heavy snow was forecast.

Anthony Bond

POOR weather is again expected to cause widespread disruption throughout Suffolk today with further heavy snowfall was forecast.

The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for last nightand this morningwith some parts of the county possibly getting up to 10cm of snowfall.

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

The treacherous conditions led to the closure of the majority of Suffolk's schools with 255 out of the 356 closed and many more are expected to be shut today.

Suffolk County Council gritters were out on priority one routes in the early hours of this morning. The poor weather led to train operator National Express East Anglia cancelling this morning's 6.25am and 6.55am service from Norwich to London Liverpool Street.

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John Law, a forecaster with Weatherquest, said todaywould again be very cold and icy.

“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. Firefighters had to rescue a man after his car ploughed into a ditch in Chattisham Road, Washbrook, at 5.21pm. He was treated by paramedics with minor injuries.

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.”

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.

Essex Police said there had been a number of minor accidents yesterdaybut nothing serious. Police officers advised motorists to stay at home today and only travel if essential.