Ice warning issued as Suffolk and Essex drivers urged to take extra care

Travel chaos hit Suffolk and Essex yesterday. Picture: John Parish

Travel chaos hit Suffolk and Essex yesterday. Picture: John Parish - Credit: Archant

Motorists are being warned of disruption on the region’s roads this morning as snow turns into ice following a weekend wintry blast.

Schools across Suffolk and north Essex have already announced plans to close after a cold night which saw temperatures in East Anglia drop to -5C.

Met Office forecasters have issued a yellow warning for ice, which is in place for most of the day with further snow predicted to fall this afternoon.

Greater Anglia are reporting a good level of service across the network this morning – yesterday, passengers were faced with long delays and cancellations caused by severe weather.

Flights at Stansted Airport were disrupted yesterday with several being cancelled and others delayed.

In an update this morning, bosses said: “The airport is open, the runway is fully operational and all flights are anticipated to operate as scheduled.

“We continue advising passengers to keep up to date with traffic and transport updates, allow extra time for their travel and plan their journey to and from the airport accordingly.”

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As snow hit Suffolk and Essex yesterday, miles of queues were reported on the A14 and A12.

Police said there had been a steady stream of shunts and low speed crashes yesterday, with traffic disruption reported across the county.

This morning, highways chiefs are urging drivers to be careful and make sure they are prepared for the icy conditions.

Last night, Suffolk County Council’s Jane Storey said: “Make sure you are prepared – take a blanket, some water, make sure your tyres are of a correct pressure and that your phone is charged up.”

Pete Williams, the RAC’s road safety spokesman, said they are expecting 11,000 breakdowns today, a figure which is 20% above the seasonal norm.

“I think the big thing is people are not going to leave enough time,” he said.

“Journeys will take two to three times longer.

“It’s going to be treacherous driving conditions.”

He said low overnight temperatures could cause black ice and urged people to drive slowly, leaving plenty of space between them and the car in front.