‘Beast from the East’ could bring traffic chaos this morning - drivers are being urged to travel with caution

Bury at Edmunds gets a covering of snow. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Bury at Edmunds gets a covering of snow. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Drivers are being urged to use caution on the county’s roads today as the ‘Beast from the East’ looks set to bring more adverse weather.

Drivers are being urged to use caution on the county’s roads today as the ‘Beast from the East’ looks set to bring more adverse weather.

The Met Office has issued an amber alert today from 2am until 11am this morning, warning that there will be long delays on the roads and the potential of stranded vehicles and passengers.

Snow is set to fall heavily and temperatures remain low.

Highways England has issued a notice to remind commuters to take warm clothes and food and water with them on their journey as well as a torch, boots and a spade.


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Drivers are also advised to let someone else know when they are setting off and when they are due to arrive and to wait until roads have been gritted before travelling.

Suffolk Highways are also urging caution, and are asking drivers to check https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/check-which-roads-are-gritted/ to see if roads on their route have been gritted before setting off.

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A Highways England spokesperson said: “Avoid travel if possible, but if you must drive check the Highway Code for advice on driving in ice and snowy weather.

“A summary of the advice is: Take care around gritters. Don’t be tempted to overtake. Slow down - it can take 10 times longer to stop in snowy or icy conditions, so allow extra room.

“Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Manoeuvre gently and avoid harsh braking and acceleration. If you start to skid, gently ease off the accelerator and avoid braking.

“If braking is necessary, pump the brakes don’t slam them on. If you get stuck, stay with your car and tie something brightly coloured to your aerial.

“If you go outside wear several layers of clothing and keep dry to prevent loss of body heat. Watch out for signs of hypothermia - uncontrollable shivering, slow/slurred speech, memory lapse and drowsiness and frostbite - loss of feeling in and pale appearance of fingers, toes, nose and ear lobes. Keep moving your arms and legs to help the blood circulate.”

Road temperatures are expected to be around -5 at 6am this morning and Suffolk could see upto 15 cm of snow in some places.

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