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.
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.
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.
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 →
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.