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‘Go home early’ - Police urge workers to avoid rush hour with more snow forecast

PUBLISHED: 16:28 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:50 02 March 2018

Snow drifts have engulfed many roads in Norfolk and Waveney. Picture: Nick Butcher

Snow drifts have engulfed many roads in Norfolk and Waveney. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Suffolk police are continuing to work with a number of partner organisations as they keep the county moving in the “very difficult and challenging” conditions.

Parts of Oulton Broad have started to freeze.
Picture: Nick ButcherParts of Oulton Broad have started to freeze. Picture: Nick Butcher

And with the threat of further snow being predicted for later today, they urged people working on Friday to head home early if possible as the sub zero temperatures continue.

Police said the co-operation with other public services had worked very well, as a multi-agency hub at the police headquarters Martlesham Heath sees representatives from a number of agencies – such as Suffolk Highways, the 4x4 approved volunteer vehicle network and the local authority – co-ordinating resources so they are mobilised in the most effective manner providing support to those in need across the county.

Southwold boating lake is partially frozen over.
Picture: Nick ButcherSouthwold boating lake is partially frozen over. Picture: Nick Butcher

According to police, since 10pm last night there have been six road traffic collisions, although in the vast majority of these no one is believed to have sustained serious injuries.

Speaking today, Chief Insp Matt Rose said: “The multi-agency hub worked very well yesterday so we are continuing the same approach today with agencies coming together at the hub to plan and direct the resources where most need is required.

High winds from the 'Beast from the East' storm batter Southwold pier. 
Picture: Nick ButcherHigh winds from the 'Beast from the East' storm batter Southwold pier. Picture: Nick Butcher

“The good news is that the A140 re-opened earlier today, however we are still advising motorists against non-urgent travel during today and if they do venture out to drive according to the conditions.

“We would also advise people who are at work today, to, if possible, to leave their workplace early. This is to avoid the rush hour as more snow is predicted in the county early evening that may cause further problems. We want to ensure people who are on the roads during the day get home safely this evening from work.

Snow drifts have been cleared from the Bungay to Halesworth road.
Picture: Nick ButcherSnow drifts have been cleared from the Bungay to Halesworth road. Picture: Nick Butcher

“As we reach the end of the working week I’d like to express our thanks to everyone who has been helping through what have been very difficult and challenging situations. This has been a real partnership approach, including the support we have had from farming and the 4 x4 vehicle communities.

“We will continue to work together to offer the county support where needed over the weekend.

“The advice remains the same as yesterday about not being complacent. Your journey may initially be OK with no or little snow, but the threat of snow drifts and ice on the roads still remains.

“Please take care and if you do feel in danger – please call 101 or 999 so we can help you.”

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