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Photo Gallery: Snow falls across Norfolk as forecasters warn it could get icy on the region’s roads tonight

16:01 29 January 2015

The arrival of snow at Archant. Photo by Sophia France.

The arrival of snow at Archant. Photo by Sophia France.

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Snow fell across the region this afternoon as predicted bad weather hit the area.

While no more snow is predicted to fall this evening, forecasters are warning that the wet roads could freeze, leading to icy conditions for motorists overnight and tomorrow morning.

Temperatures dropped as the snow clouds set in and the flakes began to fall at around 2pm in Fakenham and Dereham before moving across Norfolk.

It started to snow in Norwich at about 3pm.

Norfolk Constabulary is reminding motorists to take extra care in bad weather, after officers were called to two road traffic crashes, in which the poor weather and road conditions are believed to have been a contributory factor.

Norfolk Police advice to motorists

In winter weather, driving conditions can deteriorate fast, making driving hazardous. As a result, Norfolk Police are advising motorists to:

• Make sure all your car lights are working and you have no failed bulbs. Ensure that dirt, salt and snow is cleared away from light fixtures.

• Always ensure all windows are fully cleared of snow, frost and condensation before setting off on a journey - it is illegal to drive with obscured vision.

• Also clear snow from the top of the car as this can fall down and obscure your windscreen while you are driving.

• Keep windscreen washer fluid topped up as windscreens quickly become dirty from traffic spray and salt from the roads.

• Make sure you have sufficient fuel for your journey. Keep the fuel tank topped up.

• Give yourself extra time for your journey and drive at a constant speed. Accept your journey will take longer and don’t take risks.

• Take a mobile telephone with you and make sure it is fully charged. Carry a mobile charger in the car.

• If you get stuck in the snow stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of the main traffic route, where it won’t cause an obstruction when conditions ease.

• Leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen and return to your car at the first opportunity you have.

The first involved a Honda Jazz car which hit a bollard in Park Lane, North Walsham. No one was injured in the 2.28pm crash.

The second happened at 2.32pm on the A1122 at Salters Lode, near Downham Market. The fire service and ambulance service were called after one car crashed and blocked the road for around 20 minutes, but no one was hurt.

Earlier in the day flights from Norwich Airport to Manchester were delayed due to snow in the north of the country however flights have now returned to normal.

A yellow warning of snow and ice has been issued for the East of England, from 3pm today until 11am tomorrow morning (Friday).

Chris Bell, forecaster at Norwich-based Weatherquest, said most of Norfolk had had a light dusting of snow, after snow showers entered the west of the county just after midday and moved across during the afternoon, clearing by about 4.30pm.

He said: “It’s dry now and will probably stay that way for most of the evening and overnight.

“But with the sleet and snow showers we have had as temperatures drop to freezing overnight it could become icy on the roads around late evening and early tomorrow morning.”

Slightly milder air is due tomorrow, and there could be some slight patches of sleet and rain at times.

• Is it snowing where you are? Send your photos to sophia.france@archant.co.uk

17 comments

  • Mother and I had prepared in advance for the snow, we went to Morrisons earlier in the week to purchase several tins of beans, soup, milk and bread just in case we got into difficulties. Whilst we didn't need all of our reserves yesterday, we are still prepared just in case mother nature tries to snow is in again. It was however a wonderful sight yesterday, especially as the neighbours cat faeces in our garden was momenterally covered by a light dusting of snow. It removed the unsightly visual for a little while, but I was out there shortly after cleaning it up, as the snow melted away. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Friday, January 30, 2015

  • The first flurry of this winter and once again the medieval town of Attleborough became a car park ( gridlocked) .... had to queue for ages on Ellingham road to get the slip road..no pun intended... to Norwich.. Please Highways Department can we have an end to this stupid one way system that makes the town one big roundabout.

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    codcatcher

    Friday, January 30, 2015

  • LOL at the police list . . . a mobile phone . . . really? Can we have a signal to go with that as well. Dirt and grit build up . . . ummm we never see a gritter past our house, we have to rely on the high tide in storms to drop sea salt on the coast road - the gritter man comes to the edge of the village, turns around and drives out through the flooded road. As for the weather forecasters . . . they should be made to live out here so they can see how rarely they get it right

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    manbythesea

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • I don't think the Met Office were over the top at all. Their forecast was almost completely accurate and the yellow warning perfectly reasonable. It really was coming down here heavily for a time with thunder and lightning as well, there is a layer lying outside still now. I was driving towards the band of weather as it arrived and it looked pretty ugly, fortunately I arrived a few minutes before it did. If the temperature had been just a degree or two lower there would have been some accumulation and the inevitable chaos on the roads. So well done Met Office. Also well done NCC gritting teams their timing was perfect, I encountered several gritters heading out to salt their routes just minutes before the snow turned up.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • What a shame the EDP rarely likes to acknowledge the existence of anywhere west of Dereham, we had plenty of snow in King's Lynn around 2pm and it's still on my grass at 8pm having dropped below zero. First time the Look East forecast has been accurate for months.

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    Honest John

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • Amazing story !!

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    rob

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • The Met Office way over the top yet again. Yes there has been some snow and a little disruption, but nothing like their doom laden predictions. They need to grow up and stop reporting like children.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • Wow, Wes1975, zzzzz

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    Coastgal

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • Toxteth - What news is published on a fast news day!!!???

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    JohnnyH

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • Which two employees of Archant left work early because of the snow, there are two empty spaces in the car park?

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • Hold the front page!!

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    One Horse Town

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • It snowed for 10 minutes which melted immediately and now there's no more to come. Accompanied by a photo out of the office window. Quality reporting.

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    NR1 Guru

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • Cant see any snow in that pic ?

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    billythebookie

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • Lazy lazy journalism talking about the weather. Must be a slow news day in EDP land.

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • Wow, snow, winter etc zzzzzz

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    wes1975

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • Wow, snow, winter etc zzzzzz

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    wes1975

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

  • Snowing in Gorleston now .

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    Kate Tombs

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

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