Prepare for a white and windy weekend

The sun’s been out and we haven’t had any significant snowfall since Tuesday. But if you’re looking forward to the prospect of the weather getting back to normal then we’re afraid we’ll have to be the bearers of bad news: there’s more on the way.

The sun setting in Carleton Forehoe, near Barnham Broom, this evening. Credit: Silas Slack

The sun setting in Carleton Forehoe, near Barnham Broom, this evening. Credit: Silas Slack

Tonight sees the return of snow showers, which will be less frequent after midnight but will then return tomorrow morning and continue pretty much throughout the day. The Met Office is issuing a yellow warning for snow for the majority of the region tomorrow with the heaviest stuff falling on the coast. We may end tomorrow with 8cm of fresh snow on the ground.

This snowfall has led the Met Office to also offer a warning for ice on Saturday and Sunday morning. And while Tuesday’s storm was fairly concentrated, this fresh burst is expected to be much more widespread so it’s safe to expect snow wherever you are.

Tonight isn’t expected to be as cold as the last couple of nights (with a minimum overnight temperature of -6°C forecast – still no picnic, let’s face it) but it’s going to stay consistently below freezing for the next couple of days so there’s not much prospect of the current snow on the ground, or that which joins it tomorrow, melting. On top of that, south-easterly winds are going to start arriving and the Met Office are describing them as ‘bitterly cold’, so please do continue to wrap up warm.

The tower of St Peter Mancroft seen through Castle Mall Gardens, Norwich, yesterday morning. Credit: Gerry Balding

The tower of St Peter Mancroft seen through Castle Mall Gardens, Norwich, yesterday morning. Credit: Gerry Balding

Remember that the Met Office continue to provide a five-day forecast for your region, so check here for more details.

Gritting crews are continuing in earnest. Having had another day without a break again yesterday, continual gritting runs for the whole of today and the likelihood of more to follow over the weekend.

It’s not just gritters that have been putting salt down in Norfolk though; there have been a number of volunteer gritting teams across the county who have been out gritting car parks and pathways in towns for people’s convenience, such as in Swaffham.

Norfolk’s grit bins have been put to good use this week and the County Council are hoping to refill them all before tomorrow’s snow. If the public pavement or walkway outside your home is particularly slippery then we would encourage you to find your nearest bin and spread the salt. Don’t believe the myth – you can’t get sued if someone gets injured on a path that you’ve gritted if you do it responsibly, take a look at the advice on our blog post yesterday for the quickest and most effective ways to put grit down.

Please use sparingly though, there’s an exhaustible amount of salt available – as a rough guide, a tablespoon of salt should be able to treat an area of 1m2. It’s important to know that the salt from the grit bins isn’t there to treat your own driveway or property and you can run the risk of being accused of theft. To find out where your nearest grit bin is, as well as which roads are gritted by the County Council, click here.

The village of Carbrooke in South Norfolk got hit by the snow yesterday. Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/debbie2up/8389824336/in/photostream/

The village of Carbrooke in South Norfolk got hit by the snow yesterday. Credit: Debbie Harris

If your local bin is empty or has been damaged then call Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 on weekdays between 9am-5pm, or if you live in the Norwich area then give Norwich City Council a ring on 0344 980 3333 on weekdays between 8am-5pm. These details and more can be found here.

Yesterday as part of our advice on clearing driveways we also reminded you to keep an eye on your neighbours during this cold snap, particularly those that are vulnerable or isolated.

A snow covered road in Norwich yesterday. Credit: Daniel L K

A slushy road in Norwich yesterday. Credit: Daniel L K

Norfolk residents have shown commendable community spirit over the last few days, so if you think you might be able to offer some assistance to local friends or neighbours that might be at risk then please do make the first move.

In anticipation of tomorrow’s snow moving into Norfolk, on top of the ongoing travel difficulties some people are facing, many Adult Education classes scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday will not go ahead.

All classes due to take place at Wensum Lodge in Norwich, Thorpe Adult Education Centre and Attleborough Community Enterprise Centre are cancelled and others may also be affected. Adult Education staff have been trying to ring all affected students today, and will keep trying tomorrow if we haven’t been successful.

Check www.norfolk.gov.uk/adulteducation to see if your session is still on this weekend. For information on disruptions to any other county council services, including school closures, see www.norfolk.gov.uk/disruptions.

We’ll be back again tomorrow for a further weather update and more advice on how to stay safe and healthy against the cold weather. In the meantime, stay warm and stay safe.

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