Winter’s tale not over yet

Can anyone remember what Norfolk looked like before it turned white? After so many days of snow on the ground we’re beginning to forget – and there may be a little more to come overnight.

A back garden in Norwich this afternoon showing just how much snow the city has had. Credit: JasonBrown2013

A back garden in Norwich this afternoon showing just how much snow the city has had. Credit: JasonBrown2013

The Met Office has issued a warning for ice and snow for the rest of the day, although we shouldn’t experience the kind of heavy snowfall that we had last night. Generally snow is expected to be light, with sleet showers looking possible in coastal areas. It will be cold tonight though, which will lead to patches of freezing fog forming and icy conditions, particularly on untreated surfaces.

Looking beyond today, we’re keeping our fingers firmly crossed that we’ll have seen the last of the snowfall for the next few days at least. The warning for ice will continue tomorrow however and with temperatures peaking at 1°C over the course of the next few days we’re not expecting much of the current snow on the ground to go very far. At the moment, the Met Office is predicting that there may be some further light snowfall in Norfolk on Friday, but it’s far from certain – we’ll keep an eye on this and let you know how this develops, or you can check the five day forecast for your area on the Met Office website.

River Green in Thorpe St Andrew last Tuesday morning, back in a time when we only had a light dusting. Credit: Gerry Balding

River Green in Thorpe St Andrew last Tuesday morning, back in a time when we only had a light dusting. Credit: Gerry Balding

Gritting continued across Norfolk today and after an evening run, the gritters will be out again at 1am. They really have been putting in the hours this month. Since the start of January, the gritting teams have been out on more than 80 runs, with the majority of those in the last 10 days. When you put this in the context that they did around 100 runs for the whole of last winter, it gives you an idea of how hard our gritter drivers have been working. It’s also been a very busy time for the support workers including mechanics who are literally keeping the gritting trucks moving, around the clock on a number of occasions.

If we don’t get more snow in the coming days – feels a little like tempting fate… But if we don’t then it’s hoped that staff who have been working all hours on the gritting trucks could be diverted to other work, including filling grit bins and clearing some high priority pavements and pedestrian areas.

County council staff were out refilling many of the 1,200+ grit bins and clearing pavements in some key areas and town centres last week, and are planning to do more this week. District councils have also been out clearing and treating some pedestrian areas where they can.

It's worth remembering that the snow's not bad news for all of us...Credit: markheybo

It’s worth remembering that the snow’s not bad news for all of us…Credit: markheybo

Grit bins will often be used up quickly in conditions like these, sometimes in a matter of days, so if your local bin does need refilling then do let the county council know by ringing 0344 800 8020 between 9am-5pm on Monday-Friday (or fill in a report form here), or if you live in the Norwich area then call 0344 980 3333 between 9am-5pm on Monday-Friday. Teams will get out to refill it as soon as possible.

Remember, the salt they contain is only to be used on public pavements and roads, for the good of whole communities, not on private property.

From grit bins to rubbish bins. The heavy snowfall over the past week has taken its toll on bin collections in the county and some services have been temporarily suspended or are playing catch-up.

The Sainsbury's Centre was covered in snow on Friday, as shown by this Henry Moore sculpture. Credit: Ian Gallagher

The Sainsbury’s Centre was covered in snow on Friday, as shown by this Henry Moore sculpture. Credit: Ian Gallagher

If you’re wondering when your rubbish is going to be collected next and which bins to leave out over the coming days, then all the district councils have provided an update on the situation in their area earlier today. Click the relevant link for your district council for the latest information: Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Norwich, South Norfolk. If you’re at all unsure which district you fall under, click here, enter your postcode and click on the ‘District Council/Boundaries’ drop down to find out.

Thanks for reading and do keep your comments and feedback coming, we want this blog to be as good and informative as it can be. Keep wrapped up warm and travel safe.

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2 thoughts on “Winter’s tale not over yet

  1. It’s a pity you didn’t clear the roads leading to the hospital at colney lane,the road was terrible from thickthorn through the roundhouse estate.This is a main route used by ambulances and staff it should be a priority.

    • Hi Carol, sorry for the late reply, we’ve been a bit remiss in keeping tabs on comments we’ve received, so sorry about that.

      Colney Lane is on the priority gritting routes, so for example, it would have been gritted yesterday evening and overnight again. When we had the heavy snow that came down in a short, sharp burst in Norwich in mid-January, the gritters had problems getting around in the same way that everyone did that afternoon, because of the conditions but more so because of the heavy traffic. I understand that they got there as quickly as they possibly could that day, but even without the traffic problems, with the volume of snow that came down together with the very low temperatures that followed over the next few days, gritting can only do so much – it helps, but it’s not a cure-all.

      If you’re interested there’s more information about gritting and gritting routes on the council’s website at http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/gritting.

      Sorry again for the late response, have a nice weekend.

      Susie at Norfolk Winter

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