Winds could hit up to 60mph in East Anglia overnight

Dudley enjoying the fresh snow in Chantry Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Dudley enjoying the fresh snow in Chantry Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Strong winds are set to be one of the defining features of the weekend.

The snow may have taken its time to hit East Anglia but the wind has certainly made itself known.

Tomorrow will continue to be a cold and predominantly cloudy day with some snow showers. Brisk to strong easterly winds will cause a significant wind chill.

Richard Jones, a forecaster with Weatherquest, said: “The strong north-easterly winds are coming straight across from Denmark across the North Sea, right across the east coast.

“It’s forecast to continue on through the night until tomorrow.

Dudley enjoying the fresh snow in Chantry Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Dudley enjoying the fresh snow in Chantry Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant


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“The wind will start to ease back tomorrow afternoon but right through the overnight period the winds and waves will stay high.

“We are looking at – right on the coastline – wind gusts of up to 55-60mph here overnight.”

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There are still weather warnings in place for snow and ice for the rest of the weekend with the Met Office predicting problems with snow and ice right up until Monday morning.

Highways England have also issued an amber, be prepared, warning from 5pm tonight until 6am tomorrow morning.

Highways England’s head of road safety, Richard Leonard, said:“Our gritter drivers will be out treating our roads around the clock but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.

“Make sure you keep your distance and reduce your speed if you need to travel because, even in conditions that seem normal and when the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh salt has not been worked into the carriageway.

“Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel.

As a result of the warnings two events, both due to be held on Sunday have been cancelled.

A fresh sprinkling of snow covers Christchurch Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A fresh sprinkling of snow covers Christchurch Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

St Helena Hospice has postponed its annual Comic Hero Run as a result of the poor weather forecast and has rescheduled it to April 8.

St Nicholas Hospice has also postponed its Battle of the Knights event.

A statement posted on its website read: “We regret to inform everyone that we have been beaten by the weather and have reluctantly had to make the disappointing decision to cancel Battle of the Knights II, which was due to take place on Sunday (18 March).

“We apologise for any inconvenience this causes and we hope to arrange a new date as soon as possible.”

Monday is also set to be chilly once more with the chance of sunny spells for most with the wind speeds also starting to slow down.

On Tuesday forecasters are predicting patchy rain and breezy conditions for our region.

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