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Motorists welcome thawing snow

PUBLISHED: 12:28 10 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:52 06 July 2010

Victoria Nicholls

People in Lowestoft woke up to thawing snow this morning, which is enabling motorists to travel more easily.

Despite most areas escaping further snow overnight, a little light rain and just a few flakes of snow have fallen in and around the town this morning.

People in Lowestoft woke up to thawing snow this morning, which is enabling motorists to travel more easily.

Despite most areas escaping further snow overnight, a little light rain and just a few flakes of snow have fallen in and around the town this morning.

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.

The worst of the wintery weather seems to be over for Norfolk and Suffolk today but forecasters warn there could be more to come.

Jim Bacon, forecaster at Weatherquest which is based at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, said: “There is a lot of snow over the continent at the moment and there have been some big flakes in parts of Norfolk this morning. The coast will mainly see rain and sleet today but inland there will be sleet or snow showers.

“The cold air has not been pushed so far away that it couldn't come back again but it looks more positive at the moment. It is cold rather than mild air we are still seeing but temperatures during the day time could be up to 3 rather than freezing or the -1 we have been seeing.”

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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