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Suffolk: Snow and ice set to hit county next week

10:51 19 November 2010

Snow could fall on Suffolk next week

Snow could fall on Suffolk next week

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SUFFOLK: An icy blast is set to hit the country next week raising fears of snow and disruption for people across the region.

The Met Office is predicting wintry showers across the east of England towards the end of next week, with a possibility of snow piling up in outlying areas.

This raises fears of return to the travel chaos of last December after a blast of Arctic temperatures, which saw roads across the region grind to a halt amid drifts of snow and icy surfaces.

Forecasters are warning temperatures next week will be lower than average for this time of year, with frosty mornings and icy roads becoming more likely as the cold snap continues.

The weather will start to take a turn for the worse this weekend, as a cold north-easterly wind brings noticeably colder temperatures to the region, coupled with cloud and a few showers.

But the full force of the icy blast will not hit the region until the latter half of the week.

John Law, forecaster at Evening Star weather experts Weatherquest, said: “As we head through to next week, we will start to see cooler weather which will bring in some wintry weather.

“We will have wintry showers and that might include some snow showers.

“But we have got to expect some cold conditions as we get into the winter months.”

Council bosses started preparing for snow in October as forecasters predicted another cold winter. Their engineers stockpiled salt in the new £3.3million depot in Goddard Road, on the edge of Ipswich.

They have vowed to learn lessons from last year – when grit supplies fell perilously low – and keep main roads open for drivers wherever possible.

The cold weather looks likely to continue into December across 
most parts of the country and people are being advised to keep an eye out for vulnerable friends and neighbours.

 For more weather details, or a specific forecast, you can speak to a Weatherquest forecaster on 09065 77 76 75. Calls cost £1.50 per minute.

6 comments

  • Whats with all the doom and gloom! Its Christmas, cant we as a human race actually enjoy something for a change rather than moan about it! I was at the light turn on last night and there were people moaning because it was too crowded! Come on people its christmas!!! Live a little and enjoy it for god sake!!!

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    Kev_b

    Friday, November 19, 2010

  • are we ready with the gritters or do we have to wait for the first snow fall

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    g j m

    Friday, November 19, 2010

  • Well I'd just like to say that as with last winter and every one since 1998, Suffolk Rover Rescue will be on standby to assist the Emergency services, care workers, Meals on Wheels and any other groups that may benefit from the use of 4 wheel drive vehicles in order to complete their tasks in inclement weather. Suffolk Rover Rescue is part of the Suffolk Land Rover Owners Club and the National 4x4 Response Network. Members are volunteers giving their time, vehicles and fuel for free, training in the proper use of theitr vehicles and equipment in order to be ready to assist when needed. Our website is www.suffolkroverrescue.org.uk

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    Dean

    Saturday, November 20, 2010

  • 'We have got to expect some cold conditions as we get into the winter months'...how much are these people being paid to come out with such pearls of meteorological wisdom?

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    Percy Flage

    Friday, November 19, 2010

  • Errm..it's winter...snow and ice happen in winter!..shock horror!

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    Paul Assirati

    Friday, November 19, 2010

  • are we ready with the gritters or do we have to wait for the first snow fall

    Report this comment

    g j m

    Friday, November 19, 2010

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