by Matthew Stott
Saturday, January 19, 2013
LIGHT snow looks set to continue throughout Saturday as temperatures struggle to get above freezing – with 2cm-5cm of snow predicted to fall tomorrow.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice for the county during Saturday morning, which advises people to “be aware” of weather conditions.
The Met Office has also issued a yellow weather warning for Sunday across Suffolk, when it expects “more moderate snow” to fall across the region, but stressed this warning is subject to change.
Although some further slight snowfalls are likely, with 1cm to 2cm of fresh snow in a few places, the focus switches to ice, with sub-zero temperatures persisting over existing snow cover for many areas.
Met Office forecaster Michael Lawrence said: “Around 2cm of snow fell overnight across Suffolk, although some places would have seen more.
“It will be more hit and miss up and down the county today but there will be brief showers of snow flurries, brisk winds and a peak temperature of -1C.
“Some places will struggle to get above freezing.
“We are warning the public to be aware and take care when they are out and about.”
The Met Office warned of heavier snow to fall in places across Suffolk tomorrow, with temperatures set to dip to a maximum of -2C in places during the day and the worst of the snow expected to hit at around 6pm.
Mr Lawrence added: “People will wake up tomorrow with a different scene from their bedroom windows.
“Early showers are bound tomorrow with significant snow and increasingly strong winds spreading up and down the region.
“It will enter Kent at dawn and spread up the east coast and by the morning Suffolk will see some more moderate snow falling.
“We are warning the public that this snow will fall on existing snow and there will be ice underfoot that they might not see.
“We urge everyone to be careful.”
Forecasters are currently predicting the snow to return on Monday, with light snow predicted throughout the day, with temperatures between -1C and 0C.
Mr Lawrence added: “Suffolk will be on the frontline as the weather comes in from continental Europe.
“The main band of snow will come Sunday afternoon and evening, and overnight and into Monday morning.
“There could be snow showers throughout Monday but it looks like it will become a bit more settled during the week and warming up fractionally.
“But the snow still may not thaw.”
Meanwhile, gritting lorries are being sent out over the weekend in a battle to keep the roads open.
Suffolk county council said 43 gritters have been sent out and will continue over the weekend to tackle 3,300km of roads in Suffolk.
Motorists are being advised to leave additional time for journeys.
Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads, said: “Our teams will be doing all they can to keep traffic moving and ensure public safety.
“However, it is equally as important for people to use local grit bins to make travelling easier and safer in their local area where they can.”
A Suffolk police spokesperson said: “We urge all drivers to drive with caution and only when essential.
“Drivers should make sure their car lights are on, have a mobile phone, have sufficient amounts of fuel, drive at a safe speed and allow plenty of time for journeys.”
Trains between Suffolk and London are being delayed, with speed restrictions in place.