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Freezing temperatures grip county as snow is on the way

PUBLISHED: 11:53 03 February 2012 | UPDATED: 13:42 03 February 2012

Snow-covered Suffolk scene captured during last winter's big freeze

Snow-covered Suffolk scene captured during last winter's big freeze

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SUFFOLK: Snow is expected to sweep across Suffolk tomorrow as the cold snap continues its grip on the region.

Forecasters at WeatherQuest in Norwich said a scatttering of the white stuff could settle tonight while tomorrow will start with flurries of snow before heavier blizzards develop into the evening as temepratures fall to around -2C.

However the weather is expected to get better over the course of the weekend with temperatures increasing by Sunday.

As the threat of snow looms ambulance bosses are urging the public to use their common sense and take care.

Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, wants to ensure people are stocked up on medication for long-term conditions, or minor coughs, colds and other ailments, and take all necessary steps to stay safe, warm and well. Pedestrians and motorists should also take care when out and about because of potentially icy conditions and freezing temperatures.

And Suffolk’s gritting teams and community volunteers are busily preparing for the freezing temperatures.

Gritting teams are ready to take to the roads in the early hours and evenings, with 17,000 tonnes of salt in stock at depots across the county.

Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for roads, transport and planning, said; “Our teams use sophisticated weather systems to monitor road temperatures and take decisions just hours in advance, sending our gritters out if necessary.

“We are responsible for keeping traffic moving over 1,200 miles of roads, and that’s just for our priority major roads and busy commuter routes.

“Thanks to our improvements to set up a salt barn at Phoenix House in Ipswich, storing and despatching salt supplies to the heart of the county, plus our additional store at Mobbs Way in Lowestoft, we’re better placed than ever before to keep Suffolk moving in severe winter weather.”

- Send us your snow pictures via our new community website www.iWitness24.co.uk

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