Weather: Drivers warned as big freeze sets in

SUFFOLK: Motorists are being warned to expect treacherous conditions on the roads as temperatures struggle to reach -1C or 0C and overnight snow and slush begins to freeze.

Bitter temperatures, icy blasts and snow flurries are here to stay, according to forecasters, but the worst of the weather could be behind us.

And as the cold snap maintains its grip on the county for the next week, age campaigners have urged vulnerable people to take precautions to stay warm, calling on people to check on relatives, friends and neighbours.

Suffolk was transformed into a winter wonderland with snow capped roof tops and blankets of the white stuff glistening across the countryside after heavy snow showers yesterday.

The widespread flurries that battered eastern parts saw Ipswich and Felixstowe bear the brunt with reports of a few inches falling during the day.

But as the heaviest of the snow clears away towards southern and western parts of the country forecasters at Weather Quest have said ice will be the main threat today.

Weather expert Joe Osborne said they are monitoring the potential for more heavy snow on Thursday and Saturday but the worst appears to be behind us.

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He said: “We have probably seen the worst of the snow showers. They seem to be slipping away towards the south and west.

“We will see more snow flurries over the next few days but they shouldn’t be as widespread as today.

“It is going to stay very cold with temperatures struggling to reach -1C or 0C but it will feel much colder as a biting wind brings the temperature right down.

“Overnight we will see temperatures drop to around -5C.

“The main threat is ice, overnight the slush and wet snow will freeze and will cause some really icy conditions on the roads early tomorrow.”

Lucy Sheehan, spokeswoman for Suffolk police, praised motorists after very few weather-related accidents on the roads yesterday.

Compared with Monday there were only a handful of incidents, but she warned drivers to remain cautious and drive to the conditions as the threat of dangerous, icy roads replaces the threat of snow.

She said there were a number of reports of anti-social behaviour after snowballs were thrown at people and cars.

Meanwhile across Suffolk the majority of schools opened as usual after Suffolk County Council put measures in place to encourage schools to remain open after the crippling wintry weather at the start of the year.

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