Weather: Dangerous conditions on slushy, icy roads

DESPITE the heavy snow fall overnight there are no major disruptions on Suffolk’s roads this morning.

The county woke to more of the white stuff carpeting roads and roof tops but a Suffolk police spokesman said so far it has caused no significant problems on major routes.

He warned many roads across Suffolk are very slushy and urged motorists to take care in the adverse conditions.

One motorist, travelling from Colchester to Bury St Edmunds on the A134, said his journey took two hours this morning.

He added: “When I set off from Colchester at 7am the snow was thick and settled and some drivers were clearly struggling with the slippery conditions beneath their wheels.

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“I saw a few vehicles slipping and sliding but everybody appeared to be keeping their speed down. “Conditions eased as I approached Sudbury but the entire journey took about two hours to get to Bury St Edmunds.”

The freezing weather also caused problems on the A12 earlier this morning after a lane was closed in the northbound carriageway from Ardleigh in Colchester to the Copdock interchange in Ipswich because of ice and snow on the road.

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The road was reopened shortly after 7am.

In Witnesham motorists are facing delays after a lorry broke down on the main route through the village.

Mow Hill in Witnesham is block in a northbound direction between Sandy Lane and Witnesham Church Lane.

On the railways services between Ipswich and London Liverpool Street and Colchester and Harwich Town are facing delays of up to 45 minutes due to an earlier problem at a level crossing at Manningtree and signalling problems in Colchester.

Meanwhile forecasters at Weather Quest have predicted the cold snap is here to stay with the worst yet to come.

Today will stay cloudy with more heavy snow showers with temperatures struggling to break through the freezing mark.

Overnight the mercury will drop to around -4C with heavy blasts of snow.

- For more details or a specific forecast speak to a forecaster on 09065 77 76 75 Calls cost �1.50 per minute. We can also provide a regular forecast sent by fax or e-mail for details phone us on 01603 507605

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