Winter sets in as temperatures plummet to -4C

Ice on car windscreens was a common sight across Suffolk and Essex today Picture: GILBERT BURROUGHES

Ice on car windscreens was a common sight across Suffolk and Essex today Picture: GILBERT BURROUGHES - Credit: Contributed

Temperatures plummeted overnight across Suffolk and Essex leaving roads icy and cars in need of defrosting this morning.

This is the last frost for a while in Suffolk, according to forecasters Weatherquest Picture: MARGAR

This is the last frost for a while in Suffolk, according to forecasters Weatherquest Picture: MARGARET CHAPMAN/CITIZENSIDE - Credit: citizenside.com

The coldest spot in the east of England overnight was at Santon Downham, the weather station in the west of Suffolk recorded a temperature of -4.4C.

The village of Writtle in Essex was almost as cold at -3.5C and many commuters will have faced icy roads or freezing fog as they made their way to work today.

However East Anglian forecasters Weatherquest say that this cold snap is unlikely to stick around.

Forecaster Adam Dury said: "Last night saw temperatures of -2C or -3C widely across the region, but it will be turning milder this week and next.


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"There is little chance of frost on the cars for the next few nights, but there could briefly be frost in north-east Suffolk tonight.

"Most places across Suffolk will stay above freezing temperatures for the foreseeable future, with a chance of light showers in patches tomorrow night.

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"There may also be rain Thursday overnight into Friday."

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