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Will it be all white on the night?

PUBLISHED: 09:39 24 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:42 06 July 2010

SNOW and ice turned Lowestoft and the surrounding areas into a scene worthy of a festive card this week as dreams of a white Christmas caught the imaginations of children and adults alike.

SNOW and ice turned Lowestoft and the surrounding areas into a scene worthy of a festive card this week as dreams of a white Christmas caught the imaginations of children and adults alike.

But while other areas of the county suffered with trains cancelled and people stuck in their cars, Lowestoft seemed to escape the worst of the problems.

A light dusting of snow fell on Thursday night with more in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday, but with temperatures barely rising above zero for the past week, the effects of the weather were still evident yesterday morning, with paths and roads remaining very icy.

Fortunately any disruption was kept to a minimum with the region enjoying the picturesque side of the weather, rather than suffering from the problems seen elsewhere.

On Friday up to six inches of snow fell in other parts of Suffolk, leaving the emergency services at full stretch as they battled to help all those caught up in the conditions.

Drivers were trapped on the A12 between Ipswich and Colchester, the Orwell Bridge towards Felixstowe was closed, and Suffolk Police reported 231 incidents in a 12 hour period.

Many schools and businesses across the county closed, but in Lowestoft the only closure on the last day of the school term was The Ashley School.

The conditions have seen odds slashed as many people's dream of a white Christmas edged ever closer, but with the sun shining brightly in Lowestoft last night and temperatures on the way up, it seems everyone might have to wait another year for that.


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