Warning to motorists as freezing temperatures bring risk of icy roads and Met Office warning

Snow falling in Woolpit on the morning of January 14 - photo by Pamela Bidwell

Snow falling in Woolpit on the morning of January 14 - photo by Pamela Bidwell - Credit: citizenside.com

Weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office following a drop in temperatures across the country over the last few days.

And people in Suffolk are being told to beware of icy conditions this morning after overnight lows below freezing.

The east of England has been branded with a yellow warning of ice following yesterday’s sporadic snow showers.

Initially issued around 7pm yesterday the yellow warning, which means people should be aware of how the conditions might affect them, is in force until around 10am today.

One the Met Office website the following advice was given: “Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces on Thursday evening and night.

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“Please be aware of the likelihood of some difficult driving conditions, especially on minor roads, and some slippery surfaces.”

The initial warning had not covered some south easterly parts of the region but was updated to include all of Suffolk and parts of north Essex.

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The Met Office’s chief forecaster’s assessment read: “Clearing skies will allow temperatures to fall widely below freezing on Thursday evening.

“Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces, especially where they are left wet from rain, or, in some areas, where lying snow partially thaws and then freezes again.”

Forecasts for today indicate while mostly dry and bright there could be some snow falling in parts of Suffolk.

However there is no weather warning in place for this, unlike some areas in the Midlands and further north, as the severity of any wintery showers is thought unlikely to be too disruptive.

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