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.
It’s been snowing in Norwich for the last hour or so and it’s settling now – the photo
shows the wintry scene outside County Hall just before 11am this morning.
The gritters were out in force across the county last night and this morning. They did back-to-back runs from early evening yesterday and went out again at 3am this morning – that’s a total of around nine hours of gritting per gritter truck, and they were spreading the maximum amount of salt they can. The roads on our gritting routes that I saw this morning looked in good shape, hopefully this is true across the county and people’s journeys this morning weren’t too difficult.
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.
We’re advising everyone to keep a close eye on the weather forecast over the next few days and be ready to react, as stormy and wintry weather is expected to arrive in the county from tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.
In addition to the prospect of snow, strong winds and low temperatures are also forecast over the next few days, with wind chill making it feel even colder. Road surface temperatures are due to dip below freezing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and therefore any rain or wintry showers that fall are likely to freeze, which could lead to icy roads, pavements and cycle paths and make journeys treacherous.
Norfolk County Council’s gritting teams are going out at 7pm tonight (Wednesday) on all
usual county gritting routes and are standing by to go out again at 3am if necessary as road surface temperatures are due to fall to around freezing across Norfolk overnight, with rain and sleet likely tomorrow. The gritters are ready to go out as often as required over the next few days.
Our local weather forecast for Norfolk suggests that gusts of up to 55mph are possible along the coast, slightly less ferocious inland but still strong. We’re also expecting heavy rain, particularly in the early hours of Friday morning, so it really will be quite horrible out there.
If you’re making a journey overnight and tomorrow morning, be aware that your journey could be disrupted, for example by fallen branches or standing water and spray on the roads. Put yourself under less pressure by allowing more time to get to your destination if possible.
Obviously this situation could change so do keep an eye on the Met Office website and listen to local radio stations. The weather should calm down a bit after 9am tomorrow and it looks like a day of sunshine and showers.
The message coming through from the Environment Agency and Norfolk Constabulary this morning is that we’re not over the risk of there being further coastal flooding, so please keep informed of the latest updates and advice if you live, work or are due to visit or travel through affected areas. Here’s the latest on the situation from Norfolk Police.
There are currently 22 schools closed in Norfolk today, with many of them being used as emergency rest centres for people evacuated from their homes. Check this list for all the schools affected.
While most train and bus journeys in Norfolk are running, some are still being affected by the flooding and flood warnings and delays are likely on some routes so check with the operator before setting off.
Hope all of those affected by the floods are safe and well.