Two inches of snow forecast for region

FORECASTERS are predicting more cold weather for East Anglia with up two inches of snow likely to fall.

Hollie-Rae Merrick

FORECASTERS are predicting more cold weather for East Anglia with up two inches of snow likely to fall.

A mixture of rain, sleet and snow is expected to accompany the icy conditions as temperatures in Suffolk continue to plummet.

As the region once again prepares for the onslaught of a big freeze, forecasters revealed temperatures reached as low as -5C on Sunday night.

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Chris Bell, of WeatherQuest, said there was a “good possibility of more snow headed for the area”.

He warned yesterday: “There will be a very complicated weather system of rain, sleet and snow and the main risk of snow will develop over the course of tonight. On the back edge of that, more snow can be expected during the week and the temperatures will definitely remain bitter.”

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The frosty conditions are expected to continue through until tomorrow afternoon, with Mr Bell forecasting about two inches of snow will fall in Suffolk. The combination of the freezing temperatures with a mixture of snow and sleet is likely to play havoc on Suffolk's roads in what has been the most severe winter since 1963.

Mr Bell added: “It won't take much snow for it to have an impact on the roads because the ground is already cold enough for the snow to stick.”

Farmers have so far been largely unaffected by the recent cold snap, according to the National Farmers Union.

Vegetable growers are yet to report any difficulties caused by the weather in getting produce out of the ground and into grocers' shops.

Brian Finnerty, regional public relations officer for the union, said: “We have not heard of any farmers struggling against the conditions.

“We will wait and see how things go but so far we are unaware of any major problem. In general terms, farmers in the region are very resilient and will continue to do all they can to keep produce coming out of the ground.”

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