Our gritters will be going out from 6pm tonight (7pm in Norwich) on all usual county gritting routes. We grit around a third of Norfolk’s roads, including all A and B-class roads, and Highways England grit the A11, A47 and A12. However, this means that many more minor routes are not gritted and even gritted routes may not have the same grip as a normal, non-icy road, so allow more time if you’re making any journeys overnight or tomorrow morning and take extra care.
We’ve had subzero temperatures for a number of nights on the trot now, and the days haven’t been exactly balmy, so please remember to check on any older or vulnerable people in your life who may struggle during colder weather. This one-minute video suggests some simple things you can do to help keep someone who is vulnerable safe and well this winter.
In my earlier update I let you know that we’ll be gritting all usual gritting routes in the county this evening, with additional runs later tonight and in the early hours of tomorrow morning if needed.
Our forecaster has updated us this afternoon to say they don’t expect much in the way of snow in Norfolk tonight now, rain and sleet is more likely and they think this will clear the county by around 8pm. However, snow still cannot be ruled out and freezing temperatures are forecast just about everywhere in Norfolk from 7/8pm onwards so ice is likely to be a problem on roads overnight and into tomorrow morning, especially as most roads will be wet from the rain and wintry showers this afternoon.
We’ve also had an update that we may get some snow tomorrow morning, most likely between around 7 and 9am – unfortunately just when many of you will be leaving for work or school. This is likely to be wet snow apparently, so the chances of it settling are lower, but with snow and ice both potentially in the mix, any journeys made in the morning will almost certainly be more difficult than usual.
At present, we know most parts of Norfolk are going to get quite a bit of rain this afternoon. What isn’t as clear is whether some of it may fall as sleet or snow – if this does happen, it’s more likely during the early evening and there is a chance the snow could settle, although probably not in large amounts (but don’t hold me to this, it’s all a bit up in the air). Temperatures are then likely to fall away to around or below freezing this evening, which means wet road surfaces will freeze.
Welcome to the Norfolk Winter blog, which we’ll once again be updating regularly with information that to help you and those around you stay healthy, happy and safe during the colder months.
It seemed an apt day to start blogging again, sandwiched as we are between the coldest night so far this season last night (temperatures got down to around minus five degrees celsius in some places I believe) and 1st December tomorrow, which a lot of people think of as the official start of winter.
Remember, you can stay up to date with when our gritters are going out on social media – we tweet a daily update using the #norfolkwinter hashtag and also let you know what our gritters are doing every day on our Norfolk Facebook page. If you’re not on Facebook or Twitter, you can see our latest #norfolkwinter tagged tweets, including gritting updates, on the homepage of this blog, www.norfolkwinter.com.
You might have seen or heard reports of the Met Office predicting a colder winter than normal – this needs to be taken with some caution as they say themselves the accuracy of forecasting the weather beyond five days is very difficult. At present, the Met Office is saying that the end of December is likely to be colder than average across the UK, but they can’t provide any more localised information than that.
Looking forward to giving you lots of useful advice and information over the next few months – we’ll try our best to make this winter as easy as possible for everyone.
We’re in for a cold and windy weekend, and there’s a risk of wintry showers in Norfolk too – although even if they do fall as snow we don’t think it will settle.
The gritters are going out for the first time this season at 10pm tonight on all county gritting routes, and they may be needed to go out over the weekend too. We grit more than 2,000 miles of Norfolk’s roads on our usual gritting runs (of which tonight is one), you can find out which roads are gritted here. Even gritted roads may well not have the same level of grip as a normal, non-icy road, so if you are making a journey, do make sure you drive to the conditions you’re presented with.
The Met Office has also got another weather warning out for gale force winds covering Norfolk, which begins at 5pm today and is currently due to last till 3pm tomorrow. Coastal areas are likely to be worst affected, with 60-70mph winds possible, but even inland 50-60mph wind speeds are predicted. Continue reading →
The Met Office is warning that the east of England, including Norfolk, could be affected by gales this evening and overnight.
The yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning comes into effect from 4pm today and runs until 2am Wednesday morning. On its website, the Met Office is saying that gusts of between 50 and 60mph are likely, with up to 70mph winds possible. Continue reading →
Gale force winds between 60 and 70mph are possible, and the Met Office is also warning that this could lead to coastal flooding in some affected areas. Currently the only weather warnings in place for snow cover parts of Scotland.
Strong winds can lead to disruption to travel. The best advice if you have to drive during high winds is to slow right down, so you have more time to react in case there is debris such as branches across the road. At faster speeds you’ll also be likely to drift further off course if you are blown about by a sudden gust of wind, which could lead to accidents. There’s more advice about driving in strong winds here.
The Met Office reviews and updates weather warnings based on the latest forecast information, you can keep up to date with the latest information from the Met Office here (might be a good idea to bookmark this page for future use!). There are currently no warnings for flooding in England but the Environment Agency updates this page with the latest information.
Finally, there’s information here about who to contact if you need to report a problem with a road, such as a fallen tree.
Hopefully we won’t need all this information on Thursday – but better safe than sorry.