Freezing weather won’t let up

IPSWICH/SUFFOLK: The freezing conditions which have gripped the county for the past week show no sign of letting up this weekend.

While the worst of the snowfall looks to be behind us, its icy aftermath is set to remain as temperatures struggle to rise above freezing.

Forecasters are expecting the mercury to reach a high of around 2C in places, but heavy frost is likely to make roads and pavements treacherous.

Phil Garner, from WeatherQuest, said a front moving in from the west this morning could cause sleet or snow to fall on top of an already frozen surface.

“There might be a couple of centimetres of snow,” he said. “It will still be cold, but there is likely to be a little bit of brightness during the day so temperatures could be as high as 2C.

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“However, then I’m afraid there will be another band of rain or sleet, which could cause some frost and icy roads tomorrow.”

The snowy conditions put paid to late-night shopping in Ipswich town centre on Thursday with several stores having to close earlier than normal.

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There were no reports of any major delays or incidents on the region’s roads last night, but rail passengers experienced delays of up to 60 minutes on services through Shenfield and Colchester.

Meanwhile, bosses at Ipswich Hospital said they had been busy, but managing well in spite of the conditions.

Jan Rowsell, Ipswich Hospital spokeswoman, said: “We are seeing more people coming into hospital than usual with cold-related problems, including slips, trips and falls, as well as illnesses linked to respiratory problems.

“Our staff have been magnificent. We have been hearing of stories of people having to walk across fields, swapping shifts so they can car share, catching numerous buses and walking to work, and leaving home hours early to make it on time. Everyone that can possibly make it is coming in.

“There have also been staff who have stayed overnight so they are sure they will be there for their shift. Everyone is working so hard.”

Police are warning motorists to make sure snow is cleared from the roof of their vehicles – or face a �60 fine.

Suffolk Constabulary said officers are taking action in extreme cases when the build-up of snow is a potential danger to the driver and other motorists.

Offences can result in three penalty points and a �60 fine.

The spokeswoman said: “We would like to stress that many people are not aware of the hazard that snow on their cars can cause.

“We would therefore encourage all drivers to take the time to clear their cars of snow and any ice, including the roof and bonnet as falling snow on the roads can be dangerous for all road users. Driver safety is our primary concern.”

- Tell us your snow-related stories. Call The Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or e-mail

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