Heavy snow leads to road problems in Suffolk and Essex

Snow falling on the Christmas tree on Ipswich Cornhill. Picture BRAD JONES

Snow falling on the Christmas tree on Ipswich Cornhill. Picture BRAD JONES - Credit: Archant

Snow started to fall across Suffolk and Essex today which led to widespread travel disruption.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for snow from 4am today until 11.55pm, and those predictions were proved right.

Snow was falling in the west of Suffolk at 5.30am. It turned to rain by 7am but by 9am it was falling heavily but had stopped by 12.30pm. It started to fall in Ipswich at around 9.30am.

Rooftops of Wethersfield, Essex covered insnow. Picture: Kelleyann Phythian

Rooftops of Wethersfield, Essex covered insnow. Picture: Kelleyann Phythian - Credit: Archant

Roads around Suffolk quickly became treacherous and motorists were advised by police to delay any non-essential journeys.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said they had not had any reports of major incidents but there had been a series of minor shunts where drivers were exchanging details.

There were still some people who ventured into Ipswich town centre - with the Christmas Market being

There were still some people who ventured into Ipswich town centre - with the Christmas Market being held on Sunday. Picture: BRAD JONES - Credit: Archant


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“But we have had nothing of a serious nature so far,” he said.

There were reports of problems on the A12 with traffic struggling on the Suffolk Essex border at Dedham.

Snow on the waterfront at Ipswich. Picture: Matt Stott

Snow on the waterfront at Ipswich. Picture: Matt Stott - Credit: Archant

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A lorry was also finding difficulties on the westbound carriageway of the A14 on the Orwell Bridge which had to be closed for a short while and some of the roads in Ipswich with inclines including Fonnereau Road, Cambridge Road, Bishop’s Hill and Wherstead Road were also becoming difficult to negotiate.

“But people are heeding advice and those who had plans to go out look as if they have decided not to,” he added.

Much of the A12 was hit by delays as traffic came to a standstill.

They included delays of six minutes on Grove Road, northbound, between Kennels Road and Hasketon Road, in Woodbridge; severe delays of 23 minutes between London Road and Hughes Road, in East Bergholt; and at the Copdock interchange.

Motorists were advised to only travel if it was necessary - there was little traffic in Ipswich town

Motorists were advised to only travel if it was necessary - there was little traffic in Ipswich town centre. Picture: BRAD JONES - Credit: Archant

The A14 westbound between junction 57 Nacton Road and J55 the A12 was also hit as was the Ipswich bypass near Ipswich Hospital and further along at Yarmouth Road.

The Essex Weather Centre said that conditions were deteriorating quickly as the transition from rain to snow began.

Holywells Park covered in snow. Picture: Matthew Stott

Holywells Park covered in snow. Picture: Matthew Stott - Credit: Archant

The Northern Approach Road, in Colchester, was almost impossible to negotiate while in Mile End Road men were helping to push cars up the road.

In Braintree the Freeport centre had closed for the day because of the weather while roads in the area and along the A120 had also been closed.

Snow falls in Boxted. Picture: Will Lodge

Snow falls in Boxted. Picture: Will Lodge - Credit: Archant

A spokesman at Freeport said: “Yes, we have closed for the day becaase of the inclement weather. The roads are terrible and we are advising people not to travel to the centre.”

Stansted Airport closed while staff worked on clearing the runway of snow and ice but was opened at 12.30pm.

Holywells Park covered in snow. Picture: Matthew Stott

Holywells Park covered in snow. Picture: Matthew Stott - Credit: Archant

Suffolk Highways said they would be gritting priority 1 routes from 11.30am today and told motorists to stay safe and drive to the conditions.

While in Haverhill police said it was becoming difficult for their police cars to respond to incidents because of the state of the roads.

Holywells Park covered in snow. Picture: Matthew Stott

Holywells Park covered in snow. Picture: Matthew Stott - Credit: Archant

Jane Storey, the deputy leader of Suffolk County Council, said: “The gritters went out at 11.30am from our depots in Bury St Edmunds, Halesworth and Ipswich.

“They have been challenging conditions for us but not a severe weather event and it is now slowly clearing but we could potentially end up with black ice later today.”

Evie Jones with her snowman in Ipswich. Picture: ANDREA JONES

Evie Jones with her snowman in Ipswich. Picture: ANDREA JONES - Credit: Archant

There were no reports of any problems with the train services in the area because of the weather.

The Met Office said up to nearly four inches could fall in places within the warning area, with nearly eight inches possible in a few places on higher ground.

Cars negotiating Woolhall Street, in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Russell Cook

Cars negotiating Woolhall Street, in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Russell Cook - Credit: Archant

The snowfall could cause road, rail and air disruption and forecasters warned there is potential for vehicles to become stranded or public transport cancelled.

The forecast for today is cloudy with periods of snow inland, rain near the coast, turning heavy in places with significant snow accumulations further west.

Snow falls in Boxted. Picture: Will Lodge

Snow falls in Boxted. Picture: Will Lodge - Credit: Archant

Rain and snow will tend to ease later from the north but it was set to be very cold with the temperature staying near freezing in places.

Tonight is set to be cloudy and bitterly cold with further, mainly light, sleet or snow showers, though many parts will have a dry night.

Snow scenes in Ipswich. Picture: Emilly Townsend

Snow scenes in Ipswich. Picture: Emilly Townsend - Credit: Archant

There is set to be a widespread sharp frost with areas of hazardous ice.

The Met Office said: “A spell of snow is expected over a central swathe of the UK on Sunday.

Snowing at Hadleigh, Suffolk. Picture: Kelly Webb

Snowing at Hadleigh, Suffolk. Picture: Kelly Webb - Credit: Archant

“This snow starts to develop during the early hours of Sunday with the heaviest and most persistent snow then likely during Sunday morning.

“Within the warning area, 1-5cm of snow is possible quite widely with up to 10cm in places. Over higher ground, 20cm is possible in a few places.”

Highways England is urging motorists to drive to the conditions and ensure vehicles are winter ready.

It tweeted: “Snow is forecast so we ask motorists to please drive to the conditions.

Snow scenes in Ipswich. Picture: Emilly Townsend

Snow scenes in Ipswich. Picture: Emilly Townsend - Credit: Archant

“Prepare for any eventuality ensuring your vehicle is winter ready and making sure you have warm clothing, food, drink, required medication, boots, shovel and a torch.”

If you have any photos of the snow today email them to newsroom@archant.co.uk

Snow scenes in Ipswich. Picture: Emilly Townsend

Snow scenes in Ipswich. Picture: Emilly Townsend - Credit: Archant

Snow is falling heavily in Great Leighs, Essex. Picture: NATALIE SADLER

Snow is falling heavily in Great Leighs, Essex. Picture: NATALIE SADLER - Credit: Archant

Snow scenes in Ipswich. Picture: Emilly Townsend

Snow scenes in Ipswich. Picture: Emilly Townsend - Credit: Archant

Snow scenes in Ipswich. Picture: Emilly Townsend

Snow scenes in Ipswich. Picture: Emilly Townsend - Credit: Archant

Snow scenes in Ipswich. Picture: Emilly Townsend

Snow scenes in Ipswich. Picture: Emilly Townsend - Credit: Archant

People of all ages took to the hill in Castle Park with their sledges. Picture: MARIANNE INKPEN

People of all ages took to the hill in Castle Park with their sledges. Picture: MARIANNE INKPEN - Credit: Archant

Teddy Baker, aged three from Colchester, built his first snowman. Picture: RICHARD STRAMA

Teddy Baker, aged three from Colchester, built his first snowman. Picture: RICHARD STRAMA - Credit: Archant

Snow at Pinewood in Ipswich this morning. Picture: PAUL BARRETT-NAYLOR

Snow at Pinewood in Ipswich this morning. Picture: PAUL BARRETT-NAYLOR - Credit: Archant

The scene at Blackmore in Essex. Picture: PAT TAYLOR

The scene at Blackmore in Essex. Picture: PAT TAYLOR - Credit: Archant

Snowy picture looking out to our garden in Kettleburgh. Picture: Nicky Hill

Snowy picture looking out to our garden in Kettleburgh. Picture: Nicky Hill - Credit: Archant

Flowton in the snow. Picture: Susan Woods

Flowton in the snow. Picture: Susan Woods - Credit: Archant

A snowy scene in Rushmere, Ipswich. Picture: TERRY HUNT

A snowy scene in Rushmere, Ipswich. Picture: TERRY HUNT - Credit: Archant

A snowy backgarden in Stowmarket. Picture: JOHN STEWARD

A snowy backgarden in Stowmarket. Picture: JOHN STEWARD - Credit: Archant

A picture postcard view of a snow-covered garden in Rushmere. Picture: TERRY HUNT

A picture postcard view of a snow-covered garden in Rushmere. Picture: TERRY HUNT - Credit: Archant

Snowy scenes from Ipswich. Picture: Contributed

Snowy scenes from Ipswich. Picture: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Shelly Darwin and son, Riaz Darwin-Boyd made this snowman by the round pond in Christchurch Park. Pi

Shelly Darwin and son, Riaz Darwin-Boyd made this snowman by the round pond in Christchurch Park. Picture: Shelly Darwin - Credit: Archant

Lovely snowy duvet day in Assington. Picture: Mark Ferguson

Lovely snowy duvet day in Assington. Picture: Mark Ferguson - Credit: Archant

Suffolk Young Farmers Santa Tractor Run coming through Framlingham. Picture: Steph Bennell

Suffolk Young Farmers Santa Tractor Run coming through Framlingham. Picture: Steph Bennell - Credit: Archant

Shelly Darwin and son, Riaz Darwin-Boyd made this snowman by the round pond in Christchurch Park. Pi

Shelly Darwin and son, Riaz Darwin-Boyd made this snowman by the round pond in Christchurch Park. Picture: Shelly Darwin - Credit: Archant

Snowy scenes from Ipswich. Picture: Contributed

Snowy scenes from Ipswich. Picture: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Snowy scenes from Ipswich. Picture: Contributed

Snowy scenes from Ipswich. Picture: Contributed - Credit: Archant

East Bergholt snow scene. Picture: Tim Langridge

East Bergholt snow scene. Picture: Tim Langridge - Credit: Archant

Beautiful scenes from Christchurch Park, Ipswich. Picture: ADRIAN MEE

Beautiful scenes from Christchurch Park, Ipswich. Picture: ADRIAN MEE - Credit: Archant

Beautiful scenes from Christchurch Park, Ipswich. Picture: ADRIAN MEE

Beautiful scenes from Christchurch Park, Ipswich. Picture: ADRIAN MEE - Credit: Archant

Beautiful scenes from Christchurch Park, Ipswich. Picture: ADRIAN MEE

Beautiful scenes from Christchurch Park, Ipswich. Picture: ADRIAN MEE - Credit: Archant

A winter wonderland on Broad Road Bocking! Picture: John Parish

A winter wonderland on Broad Road Bocking! Picture: John Parish - Credit: Archant

Rudolph the Snowdeer, by Tracey and Danielle in Ipswich

Rudolph the Snowdeer, by Tracey and Danielle in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Elliot Gordon (6) and Isla Gordon (2) of Kesgrave made a Ipswich Town snow supporter! Picture: Fay T

Elliot Gordon (6) and Isla Gordon (2) of Kesgrave made a Ipswich Town snow supporter! Picture: Fay Trenter - Credit: Archant

Snowman at Berechurch Barbers. Picture: Katie sutton

Snowman at Berechurch Barbers. Picture: Katie sutton - Credit: Archant

Snowman Kevin! Picture: Abbie Jordan

Snowman Kevin! Picture: Abbie Jordan - Credit: Archant

Zelda, a three-year-old Border Collie got excited in her first snow at Roman Green in Colchester off

Zelda, a three-year-old Border Collie got excited in her first snow at Roman Green in Colchester off Berechurch Hall Road. Picture: Leanne Rowland - Credit: Archant

A few of the birds coping with this morning's snowfall. Picture: Julie Kemp

A few of the birds coping with this morning's snowfall. Picture: Julie Kemp - Credit: Julie Kemp

A robin coping with the snowfall. Picture: Julie Kemp

A robin coping with the snowfall. Picture: Julie Kemp - Credit: Julie Kemp

A few of the birds coping with this morning's snowfall. Picture: Julie Kemp

A few of the birds coping with this morning's snowfall. Picture: Julie Kemp - Credit: Julie Kemp

Great Spotted Woodpecker in the snow. Picture: Pamela Bidwell

Great Spotted Woodpecker in the snow. Picture: Pamela Bidwell - Credit: Pamela Bidwell

Woodpecker grabbing a snack in the snowy weather this morning. He did look a bit wet and bedraggled.

Woodpecker grabbing a snack in the snowy weather this morning. He did look a bit wet and bedraggled. Picture: Julie Kemp - Credit: Julie Kemp

Female blackbird in the snow. Picture: Pamela Bidwell

Female blackbird in the snow. Picture: Pamela Bidwell - Credit: Pamela Bidwell

A few of the birds coping with this morning's snowfall. Picture: Julie Kemp

A few of the birds coping with this morning's snowfall. Picture: Julie Kemp - Credit: Julie Kemp

We had about two inches of snow settle in the garden this morning. It looked so pretty. Picture: Jul

We had about two inches of snow settle in the garden this morning. It looked so pretty. Picture: Julie Kemp - Credit: Julie Kemp

Combs Wood. Picture: Kevin Button

Combs Wood. Picture: Kevin Button - Credit: Kevin Button

Combs Wood winter wonderland. Picture: Kevin Button

Combs Wood winter wonderland. Picture: Kevin Button - Credit: Kevin Button

After all the hype the snow has little effect in Felixstowe :( Picture: Stephen Squirrell

After all the hype the snow has little effect in Felixstowe :( Picture: Stephen Squirrell - Credit: Stephen Squirrell

Snow arrives in Hitcham near Ipswich. Picture: Andrew Mutimer

Snow arrives in Hitcham near Ipswich. Picture: Andrew Mutimer - Credit: Andrew Mutimer

Ruby wythe age 7 from Ipswich with her snowman. Picture: Contributed

Ruby wythe age 7 from Ipswich with her snowman. Picture: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Snow Angel, Cerys, from Stowupland. Picture: Debbie King

Snow Angel, Cerys, from Stowupland. Picture: Debbie King - Credit: Archant

Snow lady Made by Ashni & Ashmi. Broke Hall, Ipswich. Picture: Piremi Andrew

Snow lady Made by Ashni & Ashmi. Broke Hall, Ipswich. Picture: Piremi Andrew - Credit: Archant

Perfect sledging conditions in Christchurch. Picture: Sam Dawes

Perfect sledging conditions in Christchurch. Picture: Sam Dawes - Credit: Archant

Perfect sledging conditions in Christchurch. Picture: Sam Dawes

Perfect sledging conditions in Christchurch. Picture: Sam Dawes - Credit: Archant

Bailey enjoying the snow in Broomhill Park. Picture: Rob Watson

Bailey enjoying the snow in Broomhill Park. Picture: Rob Watson - Credit: Archant

This is my son Ryland getting ready to throw a snowball at his dad! Picture: Melissa O'Halloran

This is my son Ryland getting ready to throw a snowball at his dad! Picture: Melissa O'Halloran - Credit: Archant

Framlingham mere with the castle in the distance. Picture: Andrew Hirst

Framlingham mere with the castle in the distance. Picture: Andrew Hirst - Credit: Archant

Snowy scene at Framlingham Castle. Picture: Andrew Hirst

Snowy scene at Framlingham Castle. Picture: Andrew Hirst - Credit: Archant

A snowy Market Hill, Framlingham. Picture: ANDREW HIRST

A snowy Market Hill, Framlingham. Picture: ANDREW HIRST - Credit: Archant

Framlingham Church in the snow. Picture: Andrew Hirst

Framlingham Church in the snow. Picture: Andrew Hirst - Credit: Archant

Helen Elliott and Ben O'Brien having snow fun in Colchester. Picture: HELEN ELLIOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

Helen Elliott and Ben O'Brien having snow fun in Colchester. Picture: HELEN ELLIOTT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Helen Elliott and Ben O'Brien having snow fun in Colchester. Picture: HELEN ELLIOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

Helen Elliott and Ben O'Brien having snow fun in Colchester. Picture: HELEN ELLIOTT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Helen Elliott and Ben O'Brien having snow fun in Colchester. Picture: HELEN ELLIOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

Helen Elliott and Ben O'Brien having snow fun in Colchester. Picture: HELEN ELLIOTT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Helen Elliott and Ben O'Brien having snow fun in Colchester. Picture: HELEN ELLIOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

Helen Elliott and Ben O'Brien having snow fun in Colchester. Picture: HELEN ELLIOTT PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

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