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Bad news for commuters as yellow weather warning for ice issued for Monday morning

PUBLISHED: 18:50 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:08 16 March 2018

The 'Beast from the East' approaching Suffolk before snow showers broke out earlier this month. Picture: BEN CRANE

The 'Beast from the East' approaching Suffolk before snow showers broke out earlier this month. Picture: BEN CRANE

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Commuters can expect further disruption on Monday morning as a yellow weather warning for ice has been issued across Suffolk and Essex in the wake of the ‘Mini Beast from the East’.

The Met Office issued the warning for between 12:05am and 10:00am on Monday, March 19, when there is expected to be ice on roads, pavements and cycle paths when melted snow refreezes.

This increases the risk of accidents, as well as injuries due to falls.

Amber warnings for snow and ice have been issued between 4pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday, as snow showers are expected to become more frequent, with icy patches also developing on some untreated roads and paths.

The warning states that travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers. There may also be some delays and cancellations to road and air travel.

There may be cause to get your sledges out again at the weekend with more snow forecast to fall.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThere may be cause to get your sledges out again at the weekend with more snow forecast to fall. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The cold spell currently looks unlikely to be as severe as the conditions at the start of the month, but it is predicted that 5-10cm of snow could fall in coastal areas.

Adam Dury, forecaster at Weatherquest, said: “There is potential for some snow flurries overnight tonight and there could be a light dusting on the ground tomorrow morning.

“It will turn colder with temperatures just below freezing.

“But there is chance of snow all through tomorrow and into Sunday as it comes in from the east. Coastal areas could see between 5-10cm of snow, but in land areas will be less affected.”

The Met Office said: “Snow accumulations will be variable across the area as showers are expected to organise into bands.

“Whilst some areas will receive relatively small amounts of snow, narrow bands of 5-10 cm of snow are likely. Strong easterly winds will result in some drifting of lying snow, and lead to a significant wind chill. Showers are expected to become more isolated through Sunday morning.”

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