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More severe weather expected for region

PUBLISHED: 09:14 05 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:47 06 July 2010

A SEVERE weather warning is expected to be issued for East Anglia today with another bitter onslaught of snow and freezing Siberian winds.

The Met Office is warning of a 'significant' covering of snow this afternoon, which is set to worsen overnight and as the week progresses.

A SEVERE weather warning is expected to be issued for East Anglia today with another bitter onslaught of snow and freezing Siberian winds.

The Met Office is warning of a 'significant' covering of snow this afternoon, which is set to worsen overnight and as the week progresses.

And there are warnings the cold snap could last for another 14 days before there is any sign of a thaw.

According to Archant weatherman, Ken Blowers, this is the coldest winter for 18 years with January looking to set to break records in snowfall and cold temperatures.

“And it is only going to get worse,” he warns.

Forecasters predict flurries of snow and sleet today, with daytime temperatures barely nudging 1C. Overnight mercury readings are set to tip the -6C mark.

The Met Office's severe weather warning is expected to be in place until Thursday night.

Suffolk County Council has moved to reassure residents they have been gritting overnight in preparation for snow.

They are expecting overnight road temperatures of -7C.

However, a spokesperson warned: “Because of the severe cold the salt is less effective and we are advising people to be cautious when driving on all routes as ice could be a problem anywhere.”

Weatherman Phil Garner, of Norwich-based Weatherquest, said we will continue to see the mercury drop to -1C during the day.

He said: “Today will start bright but cloud increasing and snow showers likely to break out now and again from lunchtime. The snow and sleet showers will continue as the week progresses.

“The average daytime temperature we see for this time of year is normally around 4 or 5C but we are struggling to stay above 1 or 2C.”

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