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Region bracing itself for snow

PUBLISHED: 09:43 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:00 01 August 2010

PARTS of Suffolk could get a first fall of snow today and more is expected later in the week as temperatures plummet.

Forecasters have already issued a snow warning for the county for Friday - with up to 10cm predicted - but it looks likely that some could fall before then.

PARTS of Suffolk could get a first fall of snow today and more is expected later in the week as temperatures plummet.

Forecasters have already issued a snow warning for the county for Friday - with up to 10cm predicted - but it looks likely that some could fall before then.

Temperatures were expected to fall to -3C last night - making it the coldest night of winter so far.

It is likely to remain between 3C - 5C during daytime throughout the week meaning snow showers are almost certain.

Chris Bell, a forecaster with Weatherquest, said: “It's going to be chilly for the rest of the week and three sets of snow could be on the way.

“We have the potential for snow today (Wednesday) as a cold front will come down during the middle of the day.

“This could affect parts of Suffolk and north Essex but it's likely to be light flurries rather than heavy snow.

“There's also a chance of sleet and rain which could melt some of the snow away.

“Friday and Saturday could also see snow showers throughout the region as temperatures stay low.”

However, Mr Bell added that a white Christmas would be unlikely in Suffolk this year.

“I won't be rushing down the bookies - put it that way,” he added.

“It will be chilly and frosty next week but snow is unlikely. However, we don't like to make firm predictions for events over a week away.”

A spokesperson for Suffolk County Council said their team of gritting vehicles are ready for the snow.

“Our gritters were out in force across the county last night and this morning,” the spokesperson said.

“We have to judge the situation on conditions and what's predicted throughout each day.

“Our priority is to cover all A and B roads and then roads into villages, as well as bus and school routes.

“We have 38 gritting vehicles and 17,350 tonnes of salt stored in ten strategic locations in Suffolk - we're well prepared for it.”

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