Coldest week of winter expected as weather warnings in place in Norfolk and Suffolk
The coldest week of the winter could be just around the corner, with most of the population likely to see a few flakes of the white stuff.
Temperatures across the region are set the plunge overnight, as commuters are warned to be braced for icy conditions on the roads tomorrow.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice in parts of Norfolk and Suffolk stretching from 8pm tonight (Sunday) to 10am tomorrow.
Wintry showers are expected in some areas, and the Met Office warned roads and railways were likely to be affected with “longer journey times by road, bus and train services”.
They added: “Some icy patches are likely to develop on untreated roads, pavements, and cycle paths, bringing a risk of injuries from slips and falls as well as difficult driving conditions.”
The authority’s chief forecaster added: “Wintry showers will continue to fall overnight and into Monday morning, bringing the potential for ice to form where surfaces are left wet. As showers turn increasingly to snow, especially inland, one to two centimetres may accumulate in a few places.”
Norfolk County Council tweeted to say gritters would be on the roads overnight, and asking drivers to take care.
The mercury could plummet as low as minus 7C (19.4F) in some parts of the UK, while the bulk of the population can expect to shiver through sub-zero temperatures.
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said the first full week of February will probably be “one of our coldest weeks of this winter so far”.
He said: “It’s going to be a cold week, plenty of dry weather around, but many places will probably see some snow at some point during the week, but for a lot of us not really amounting to much at all.
“Probably one of our coldest weeks of this winter so far, but snow-fall wise, doesn’t really look too disruptive at this stage.”
The cold snap is expected to grip Britain until at least next weekend, with the chance that milder weather may not arrive until the middle of the following week.