Update: Flurry of snow across Waveney, sporting fixtures cancelled and worse conditions to follow
15:00 18 January 2013
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AS a light snow flurry has fallen once more across Waveney, the heaviest conditions are expected to hit Suffolk about 7pm, forecasters have said.
A number of the Lowestoft and Waveney area schools, which had opened this morning, are closing earlier than usual – with the majority of primary schools shutting between 1pm and 2pm.
Norwich-based Weatherquest said the heavy snowfall across the county would be accompanied by winds of about 20mph, opening up the prospect of blizzards and snow drifts.
And there is no let up in prospect – forecaster Phil Garner said there would be larger downfalls of snow on Sunday evening.
Mr Garner, delivering this afternoon’s outlook, said: “The snow is on its way - it’s flowing in from the west.
“There are light flurries but the main snow is in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire at the moment (noon).
“We’re expecting it to be become more persistent and heavier in the late afternoon, through until midnight.”
He added there would light flurries on Saturday but the heaviest snow is expected late afternoon on Sunday, with up to five inches predicted to fall overnight.
The snow is unlikely to go anywhere any time soon – temperatures are forecast to hover around freezing until late next week.
Lowestoft police said that there had been no reported road traffic collisions in the town, although there had been reports of a car having its windscreen smashed by a snowball being thrown in St Margaret’s Road about 2pm. Officers are now investigating this criminal damage report.
A spokesman for Waveney District Council confirmed that all sporting fixtures and training planned for grounds across the district this weekend had been cancelled – affecting the Gary Bennett Lowestoft and District League tomorrow (Saturday) and the East Point Sports Lowestoft Sunday League on Sunday.
The spokesman said: “Please note due to current conditions, all games/practise is cancelled for the coming weekend at Beccles Sports Ground, Normanston Park and Dip Farm. Please accept our apologies.”