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Update: Winds to make way for wintry weather

14:50 16 January 2015

A large branch on a Norwich pavement, as a result of yesterday's strong winds. Photo by Sophia France.

A large branch on a Norwich pavement, as a result of yesterday's strong winds. Photo by Sophia France.

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The high winds which have passed through the region in recent days are set to make way for some wintry showers over the weekend.

There were strong winds overnight.   Picture: James BassThere were strong winds overnight. Picture: James Bass

Norfolk and other parts of East Anglia had braced itself for high winds overnight and in the early hours of the morning and although there were early reports of fallen trees blocking roads in Mattishall and Stiffkey, police said they did not receive many weather-related calls through the night.

Gusts of up to 51mph were reported in Weybourne, on the north Norfolk coast, at 2am, and 48mph in Marham, as a cold front moved across the region from the west.

High winds were expected to return this evening and into the night but Weatherquest’s Jim Bacon said while the “winds might open up overnight” the conditions would be “breezy” rather than fierce with winds of about 40mph or up to 45mph on the north Norfolk coast.

He said: “We don’t really have a newspaper story night. It may along the north Norfolk coast be about 45mph but not as strong as the other night.”

Mr Bacon said there could be a sharp frost tomorrow night and “the risk of some wintry showers” across the east on Saturday night.

Meanwhile gusts of up to 51mph were reported in Weybourne, on the north Norfolk coast, at 2am today, and 48mph in Marham, as a cold front moved across the region from the west.

Dan Holley, a forecaster at UEA-based Weatherquest, said that, by 5.30am, the cold front had cleared the Great Yarmouth coast.

He said: “It’s been quite windy, but I don’t think the winds have been as strong as the event we had on Saturday. I think there was a 61mph gust on Saturday.

“I think the winds were stronger on Saturday, but it’s still been a windy night. I would not be surprised if there were bits of trees fallen across the county.”

He said the wind was due to pick up again through the latter part of the evening, and there could be gusts of up to 60mph on the north Norfolk coast, and in the mid-40s inland, between 9pm and midnight.

Travel

• Welborne Road in Mattishall, near Dereham, is blocked near the Church Road junction because of a fallen tree

• The A149 in Stiffkey, near the Bridge Street junction, partially blocked because of a fallen tree

• Disruption on the B1145 near Reepham because of a fallen tree

• Greater Anglia tweeted: “Just to confirm that all of our 16 routes are currently OPEN”

6 comments

  • We all know papers and reporters have a tendency to go over the top with things like this, I never take any notice of the Daily Express, to me they are like the World Weekly News, fantasy stories. Yes, it's been windy and wet, it's winter, more to come yet and maybe a bit of snow or sleet or rain, they can't tell what's going to come down in the east or the south east, even the weather people on TV keep saying their not sure as all can change if the wind does, so their watching the weather. Personally I love a bit of snow, but do feel for Scotland, I lived in Attleborough for about 5 years at the end of the 60's and one year we had such a lot of snow that there were snow drifts along the country roads and my washing stood up in the kitchen because it froze outside when it came down. I had an army of stiff shirts and jumpers standing on the floor, it was funny watching them collapse as they thawed out.

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    Spooky

    Friday, January 16, 2015

  • Large branch ??

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    rob

    Friday, January 16, 2015

  • Love the picture of the "large branch" Must be all of two inches thick :)

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    Cyril the Canary

    Friday, January 16, 2015

  • BG - Daily Express use Nathan Rao, last winter he forecast 100 days of snow, actual days of snow was 0! On his website he claims success, not from the number of forecasts that are correct but on the number of people who read his articles. Result is that sensational weather stories pass through the media and into public awareness who then blame the proper forecasters. To put this story into context, it will be less windy, slightly cooler than average with the chance of sleet at a push a sprinkling of snow

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    JohnnyH

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Johnny Norfolk I think it was one of those Daily Express type weather predictions. If you believed their most recent prediction we would now be colder than the winters of 1947 and 1964.

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    BG

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Yet another over the top weather forecast, Strong winds yes but thats all.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

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