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Snow’s not over yet – white Easter possible in Suffolk and north Essex

PUBLISHED: 10:10 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:03 21 March 2018

Maria Gornall having fun in the snow as the Beast from the East hit. Weather forecasters are predicting a fresh round at Easter.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Maria Gornall having fun in the snow as the Beast from the East hit. Weather forecasters are predicting a fresh round at Easter. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A fresh round of snow could fall at Easter according to experts – just when hopes were high that the wintry weather swept in by the Beast from the East had run its course.

There is a growing possibility that bitterly cold north-westerly winds could bring another Arctic blast to the region towards the end of next week, experts believe.

However, the predictions are early and forecasters said it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where snow may fall so far in advance.

Despite this, long-range weather forecasts from the Met Office are currently suggesting a wintry spell will arrive in time for the Easter weekend.

The early indicators come after the Beast from the East saw snow batter Suffolk and Essex for almost a week at the start of March – and despite Britain entering meteorological spring.

Sheep near Waldringfield in the recent snowy weather. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSheep near Waldringfield in the recent snowy weather. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Adam Dury, from Norwich-based Weatherquest, said: “There is a risk of snow over the Easter weekend – we’ve got a lot of pressure building up at the end of next week starting from next Thursday, the 29th. There could be a north-westerly wind that brings with it snow and sleet, it’s not necessarily the Beast from the East this time but coming in from the west instead, from the Arctic and Greenland. But it is early and this could change.”

According to the Met Office’s long-range forecast for the UK, weather patterns across Britain over the Easter weekend are growing increasingly uncertain – with signs of another cold snap emerging. The service’s chief forecaster said: “There remains some uncertainty in the forecast for the Easter weekend, but we are likely to see slow moving weather systems across the UK, with wetter weather more probable in the south, and with drier, colder conditions in the north albeit with a risk of snow at times. In their outlook for April 3 to April 17, experts added: “Further snow is possible at times, more especially in the colder north.

“It will be windy in places with below average temperatures, and some overnight frosts are likely during early April.”

A white Easter is a possibility that will surprise many, as parts of Suffolk and north Essex are still reeling from the effects of recent snowy weather.

Spring flowers such as the daffodil are struggling to emerge after their stems were frozen and damaged by snow.

Events were cancelled when the Beast from the East hit, as widespread snowfall and high winds sparked travel chaos.

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