Gallery: Cold snap shows no sign of letting up as snow showers hits region

Snow, April 4th 2013. Ducks in the snow at Great Bentley, Colchester.

Snow, April 4th 2013. Ducks in the snow at Great Bentley, Colchester. - Credit: Andrew Partridge

IT WAS the coldest March for half a century – and now April snow showers are hitting the region as the unseasonable weather shows no signs of letting up.

Severe conditions have caused disruptions to thousands as the cold snap refuses to release its grip.

But fear not, as forecasters say spring is right around the corner.

Yet in Great Bentley today, motorists were assailed by freak snow storms as temperatures plummeted back down to near freezing following the coldest March since 1962.

Jim Bacon, forecaster at Weatherquest, said although snow storms were more likely at Easter than Christmas, the region was experiencing much colder conditions than usual.

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“With the snow and sleet and freezing winds coming from eastern Europe, it is a repeat story of the last month or so,” he said.

“But these April snow showers will be April rail showers next week and these 2C or 3C temperatures will soon be 10C or 11C.

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“It will feel more like spring soon. The winds will ease and it will be much warmer – but it still remains very changeable.”

See our gallery for more pictures of the unseasonable snow.

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