Warnings of ice and fog for Norfolk overnight and tomorrow morning

The Met Office is warning that Norfolk will be subjected to another cold and murky night, with ice and fog forming and lingering into tomorrow morning.

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.

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Friday and Saturday looking wintry, Sunday temperatures on the up

With a respite from widespread rain, sleet and snow due, the gritters are out on all county gritting routes now (from 2pm) ahead of another cold, blustery and wintry evening and night.

Further sleet and snow showers are possible between now and tomorrow morning, particularly in the north and east of the county where one to two centimetres of snow may settle (most likely after 7pm tonight). There will also be clear spells and it will remain windy, so we’re in for a very cold night, with road surface temperatures falling to -3 or 4°C in some areas.

The gritters will be going out again at 3am ahead of another cold day tomorrow and more sleet and snow showers may fall, with the risk greatest near the coast.

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Snow, ice and strong winds all potentially in the mix tomorrow

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.

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Wintry weather update

The Met Office have recently updated their severe weather warnings for Norfolk to include ones for ice and strong winds in Norfolk tomorrow.

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.

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Get prepared ahead of predicted wintry and stormy weather in Norfolk

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.

The Met Office is warning that the east of England including most parts of Norfolk could get some snow between tomorrow and Saturday, with a chance of it settling and causing disruption to travel.

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-winter-launch-060

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.

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Twas the night before winter…

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.

Flooding – what you need to know

With parts of northern England currently badly affected by flooding, we
thought it was timely to put some information on here about flooding.

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There is currently no anticipated risk of flooding in Norfolk. We don’t want anyone to panic, just to know where to get advice about flooding and what to do in the event of a flood that might impact on your life.

There’s a really useful page on our website that gives lots of advice. Flooding is something that lots of different public sector organisations play a part in so it’s not that easy to know where to get information and help from – this webpage does make it a little easier. You can find it at www.norfolk.gov.uk/flooding.

If you’re worried about being caught unawares by flooding, whether where you live or if you’re making a journey, you can keep up-to-date with flood alerts and warnings on the Environment Agency’s website here. It’s updated every 15 minutes so should give you a really good idea of what to expect.

The AA also has some good advice here about driving in heavy rain and flood conditions. Driving conditions are rarely perfect but knowing what to do to help keep you safe in a particular set of conditions is eminently sensible.

Again, we’re not expecting any flooding in Norfolk in the near future, in fact the weather’s looking fairly unremarkable for the next week or so as things stand. But we want you to feel prepared as and when we do get a potential flooding situation.