Thunder snow hits the county

Suffolk is braced for more snow today as forecasters warn of treacherous conditions on the county's roads after the heaviest snowfall in 18 years.

SUFFOLK: Suffolk is braced for more snow today as forecasters warn of treacherous conditions on the county's roads after the heaviest snowfall in 18 years.

Plummeting temperatures and another heavy downfall expected late tonight will add a fresh covering of snow across the county.

Suffolk was transformed into a winter wonderland yesterday as a rare weather phenomenon known as thunder snow caused intense blizzards on Thursday night.

Up to five inches settled in areas, five times the amount that coated the county during the wintry spell in February when an inch fell over a three-day period.

And the last time Suffolk saw snowy scenes such as these was on February 9, 1991.

The latest weather forecast is predicting another heavy blizzard tonight with temperatures falling as low as -5C adding an extra two to five centimetres of snow.

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Forecaster John Law, from Weatherquest, said: “Both Saturday and Sunday will remain very, very cold. They are looking like dry days but there is always the chance of isolated snow showers.

“Temperatures will struggle to get above freezing especially where there is already snow covering. Overnight on Saturday there will be a fresh covering of snow across the county.”

He warned motorists to take extreme care overnight and into tomorrow morning as melting snow freezes on the county's roads.

The thunder and lightning storms witnessed over Ipswich and parts of Suffolk on Thursday evening is, according to weather experts, a well-known but rarely seen spectacle.

Warmer temperatures, reaching 10C, over the North Sea caused the stormy clouds to form dumping up to 12cm of snow in parts of the county, including Wattisham.

Did you witness the thunder snow storms? Send your pictures to suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk