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Norfolk escapes heavy snow but Met Office issues weather warning for ice

PUBLISHED: 09:01 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:10 11 December 2017

File photo as shoppers brave the snow showers in the city centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

File photo as shoppers brave the snow showers in the city centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Norfolk has escaped the worst of the snow which is causing disruption across Britain but there is a warning of overnight ice.

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A Met Office yellow warning for ice across East Anglia remains in place until 11am today.

Phil Garner, forecaster at Norwich-based Weatherquest, warned that temperatures could plummet to -5C overnight in certain parts of Norfolk and Suffolk.

There is also a high chance of ice forming across the region overnight and tomorrow morning.

Mr Garner said: “I think there will be widespread frost tomorrow morning. Temperatures will turn colder overnight, particularly in west Norfolk and west Suffolk.”

Coastal regions might escape ice because of offshore winds but areas about 10 miles inland are at risk of experiencing minus temperatures, according to the forecaster.

Mr Garner said temperatures today would be 1-2C inland and 4C on the coast and the rain could turn into snow and sleet this afternoon.

“It could be a wintery end to the afternoon,” he added.

There could be a 1cm snowfall in parts of eastern Norfolk and Suffolk overnight.

This morning’s official Met Office yellow weather warning said: “Ice is expected to form across many places overnight into Monday morning (December 11). Some injuries are likely from slips and falls on icy surfaces as well as icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths. As well as this, lying snow from Sunday (December 10) will continue to be a hazard leading to longer and potentially hazardous journeys.”

The first KLM flight from Norwich Airport to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was cancelled this morning because of heavy snow in Europe.

No other flights are affected.

Visit the Met Office website for official weather warning updates.

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