May 21 2013 Latest news:
By Lauren Everitt
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
THE wintry weather is set to continue with forecasters warning of snow flurries for the rest of the week.
The prediction of further snowfall across Suffolk and Essex comes after a string of accidents yesterday on icy roads caused long delays.
Three jackknifed lorries in Suffolk caused gridlock on the roads at morning rush hour with tailbacks affecting traffic until late morning.
The first happened on the A1070 at Hintlesham before another jackknifed on the eastbound carriageway of the A14 at Trimley St Martin.
Both carriageways of the A14 were closed for around an hour to motorists to allow recovery teams to remove the lorry.
A third lorry jackknifed at the Seven Hills junction of the A12 and A14 and saw the vehicle crash through the central reservation and come to a rest laying on top of the barrier.
No-one is believed to have been injured in the accidents.
A Suffolk police spokesman said: “It seems the weather was far worse in the east of the county compared to the west.”
Motorists described travelling in “treacherous conditions” with snow blowing across the roads.
Heavy snow in Colchester yesterday morning caused severe delays on the roads with drivers reporting “horrendous” road conditions.
A fleet of gritters were out in force in both counties to keep the roads clear and stay on top of the conditions.
Derrick Louis, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “We’re doing everything we can to keep Essex roads moving during these current weather conditions.
“Our gritting lorries have been regularly spreading salt across our main road network, and will continue to do so as required.” Both councils confirmed decisions on further runs will be made depending on weather conditions.
Jim Bacon, a forecaster for Norwich-based Weatherquest, said temperatures crept up to 3C yesterday
“We are going to stay cold through to the end of the week,” he added.
“At the weekend it will be slightly less cold but nothing spring-like as it will be unsettled with a mix of rain and snow.
“I’m not convinced we will see an end in sight to the cold weather just yet. We are too close to the cold air.”