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Forecasters warn of cold night

PUBLISHED: 16:18 10 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:52 06 July 2010

Victoria Nicholls

People across Norfolk and Suffolk have seen the snow thawing throughout today, but forecasters are warning it is likely to freeze again tonight, leading to icy conditions on the roads.

People across Norfolk and Suffolk have seen the snow thawing throughout today, but forecasters are warning it is likely to freeze again tonight, leading to icy conditions on the roads.

Despite most areas escaping further snow overnight on Saturday, a little light rain and a few flakes of snow fell in and around Beccles today.

A spokesman from Weatherquest, which is at the University of East Anglia, said earlier today: “It will be cloudy with outbreaks of sleet or snow - although not in large amounts and, because of the slightly warmer temperature, any that does fall is likely to either compact into what is already there or melt.

“Tonight temperatures could fall to about -2 with further outbreaks of sleet or snow.”

Across Norfolk and Suffolk there have been reports of rain, sleet and snow this morning with many people looking ahead to the start of the working week is predicting Monday will be grey and increasingly misty with outbreaks of sleet or snow gradually dying out.

Thanks to the melting snow, better conditions on the main roads in many towns across Waveney means traffic is able to flow more freely than it has for several days. The A12 between Lowestoft and Ipswich is also clear, with the road surface being just a little damp.

Norfolk and Suffolk police reported no major incidents over night, although urged people to continue to take care on the roads, particularly in rural areas.

But as people venture out into the cold, health bosses have urged them to keep warm and well.

Dr Shamsher Diu, public health consultant at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, said: “It is really important in these cold conditions that people wrap up warm inside and outside their house to ensure they prevent illness along with eating well and keeping their heating on.

“This is particularly important for elderly people, who are more vulnerable as the weather turns colder.”

People have been reminded to take care on icy pavements and to wear suitable footwear and clothing. Motorists are also urged to drive carefully and react safely and properly to changing road conditions.

People have also been warned of the dangers of walking on ice covering ponds or lakes.

Suffolk County Council has extended its usual customer service helpline to operate over the weekend.

The emergency snowline will respond to calls from the public on issues relating to the weather; anyone having difficulty accessing services on their usual numbers could also use this number if they are concerned.

Staff on this number will be able to deal with calls related to the current weather conditions such as social care and highways.

Operators will have access to other agencies such as district and borough councils, the police and the health authority if necessary.

The number is 08456 037686 and will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 8pm.

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