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Cold snap sweeps through region

PUBLISHED: 09:42 24 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 05 July 2010

A snow-covered Lowestoft seafront on Sunday.

A snow-covered Lowestoft seafront on Sunday.

THE cold snap which has brought Arctic conditions to East Anglia started to loosen its grip last night, with milder weather on the way.

Residents in Suffolk and Norfolk woke up to wintry scenes yesterdayfollowing heavy snowfall.

THE cold snap which has brought Arctic conditions to East Anglia started to loosen its grip last night, with milder weather on the way.

Residents in Suffolk and Norfolk woke up to wintry scenes yesterdayfollowing heavy snowfall.

Snow blanketed much of north and east Suffolk overnight on Saturday and then started to fall heavily in the south of the county yesterdaymorning.

Suffolk police said there were about 30 minor road accidents from 7am yesterdayinto late afternoon.

Many roads in the Lowestoft and Waveney area were in a treacherous condition although county council gritting lorries had been operating all night and into Sunday morning.

One person was injured in a three-vehicle collision on the A137 between Wherstead and Tattingstone, near Ipswich, at around 10am. The road was closed while emergency services dealt with the clear-up.

At around the same time, police and paramedics were called to a prang between two vehicles on the B1115 at Bildeston, near Hadleigh.

Three people were hurt in the collision, but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Meanwhile, police had to clear debris from the A14 central interchange near Bury St Edmunds after a car spun in the road, causing delays.

A car also lost control on the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich.

Jim Bacon, meteorologist at Weatherquest, said most places saw snowfall of 2cm to 3cm, up to 5cm in some locations.

“A lot of the snow fell on Saturday evening and it became very cold so first thing we started off with snow on the roads which gave a wintery look to things and took time to improve throughout Sunday.”

Mr Bacon said possible rain showers last nightand this morningwould lead to a thawing of snow in places where it fell heaviest.

He added there could be isolated snowfall this eveningbut said the weather would become milder towards the middle of the week.

Police advise motorists to drive accordingly with the road conditions and make sure windows are properly defrosted.

Over the weekend the Met Office had issued a series of severe weather warnings for large swathes of the UK, with six centimetres of snow in parts of rural Lincolnshire and temperatures plummeting to minus 6 Celsius in Oxfordshire.

Trafficlink reported 40 weather-related incidents across the UK since Friday, with the majority being road closures due to the snow.

The Trafficlink spokeswoman said yesterday: "We've seen an improving picture throughout the day and things are more or less running smoothly again now.'

The cold snap prompted charity Age Concern to remind older people to take extra care to stay warm.

And the cold front coupled with unheralded snowfall in parts of the south east last month led bookmakers William Hill to slash the odds of a white Christmas in London from 8/1 to 6/1.

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