Suffolk: Weather and travel update

POLICE are reporting no problems on the region’s roads ahead of the evening rush hour - although sub-zero temperatures could make conditions treacherous.

Motorists are urged to take extra care as the mercury hovers dangerously close to freezing.

No problems have been reported so far and commuters making their way home can expect a clear run.

However National Express East Anglia has said services from London Liverpool Street to all destinations via Bethnal Green are being disrupted due to signalling problems in the Liverpool Street area. Short notice alterations and cancellations can be expected.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for some parts of northern England and Scotland.

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Although Suffolk and Essex are not expected to be too badly affected by any snowfall, plummeting temperatures could make conditions treacherous.

Chris Bell, from Norwich based experts Weatherquest, said an Arctic cold front could come through tomorrow.

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“We expect it to make temperatures drop quite a bit, especially into the afternoon and evening,” he said. “There is a chance there may be sleet and snow in the first part of the afternoon but I’m not sure how much we will get. I don’t think it will be a lot - maybe one or two centimetres.

“For the most part ice will be more of a problem. There will be rain in the afternoon and with temperatures then dropping below freezing it could lead to quite icy roads.”

A spokesman for Suffolk police urged people to take care on icy roads and to drive sensibly in the freezing conditions.

“Motorists are reminded that before they begin their journey they should ensure their vehicle has sufficient fuel, bearing in mind that fuel consumption will increase, that all windows are cleared giving good all round visibility, they have appropriate clothing and some food and drink, and a fully charged mobile phone,” he said. “They should adjust their speed and driving to prevailing conditions, leaving a greater distance between vehicles, and avoiding sudden braking and harsh steering.”

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