Snowiest spell for ten years

SUFFOLK was today in the midst of its snowiest spell for ten years – and there is plenty more to come.Arctic conditions swept through the county overnight, as between one and three inches fell and temperatures plummeted below freezing.

SUFFOLK was today in the midst of its snowiest spell for ten years - and there is plenty more to come.

Arctic conditions swept through the county overnight, as between one and three inches fell and temperatures plummeted below freezing.

Today was set to see more of the same, with further flurries forecast.

Evening Star weatherman Ken Blowers said: "There will be snow showers for the next 24 hours, so that will add to it.


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"The outlook for the next four to five days is more of the same. It looks as if it's developing into our most snowy spell for ten years, since 1995."

Ipswich woke to a two-inch covering, although north Suffolk was hardest hit, with Aldeburgh and Southwold buried beneath three inches.

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The last time Suffolk experienced such conditions was in January 1996, when between three and four inches fell in parts of the county.

Mr Blowers said the flurry was caused by a Siberian air stream that travelled across northern Europe.

He said: "In these situations, East Anglia comes off worse because it bears the brunt of the easterly wind."

Temperatures were set to rise to 38f (3c) today, although after dark they were set to plummet to 28f (-2c).

But an icy easterly wind, reaching speeds of up to 20mph, was set to make it feel even colder.

FASTfacts: Dressing for Arctic conditions.

Hat and scarf - more than 40pc of body heat can be lost through the head and neck.

Wearing thin layers of clothing, which create warm air pockets, is more effective than just one or two thick garments.

Wool is especially good at retaining heat.

Outer layer should be waterproof - heat is lost 20 times faster through wet clothing.

Mittens retain more heat than gloves.

Keep feet warm and dry.

Source: www.dh.gov.uk/socialcare

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