Snow causes road chaos

EMERGENCY services have had a busy night – with more than 100 weather related accidents reported across Suffolk and Essex.

Annie Davidson

EMERGENCY services have had a busy night - with more than 100 weather related accidents reported across Suffolk and Essex.

The heavy snowfall led to treacherous conditions on the region's roads which caused a large number of shunts and bumps.

Just after 6pm Suffolk Constabulary said they had received between 50 and 60 reports of snow related incidents, a figure that increased throughout the night.


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Essex police painted a similar picture and the East of England Ambulance Service also said they had attended a number of weather related accidents across the region, including Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

However, despite the large number there have not been any serious incidents, with most just a series of shunts and bumps.

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And a spokesman for Suffolk County Council said there were not expected to be any school closures as a result of the snow.

Although forecasters expect the snow to stop tomorrow motorists are still being warned to take care in the morning as overnight temperatures could plummet to -4C.

Chris Bell, from Norwich-based Weatherquest, said: “Overnight we will start to see the snow showers become more confined to the coast and they will start to slip south into Essex and Kent.

“It will be very cold with clear skies so there is a danger of icy roads tomorrow morning.”

Although it is likely to be the end of the snow showers, it will stay cold into the weekend.

Mr Bell said daytime temperatures will only reach about 5C and overnight they will dip below freezing again.

An area of high pressure over western parts of the UK and Ireland will stave off any wet weather but it will be cloudy, cold and dull for the rest of the week.

Heavier, more regular snow showers brought deeper-lying snow in areas of Kent this afternoon.

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