Photo gallery: Greater Anglia limits train speeds as Norfolk and Suffolk braces for wintry blast
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The Met Office has now upgraded its snow warning level to amber for much of Norfolk and Suffolk, despite bright sunshine in some areas this lunchtime.
The Met Office had previously had the warning level set at yellow, its lowest level which warns people to ‘be aware’.
At 11.25am this was bumped up to amber for ‘be prepared’, although coastal areas remain on yellow.
As predicted, snow began to fall in King’s Lynn around 1pm and is due to reach Norwich later this afternoon.
Eddy Carroll, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “We expect snow to affect many eastern parts of the UK over the next day or so leading to some disruption.
“With some very low temperatures over the next few nights we also expect ice in many places and people should be prepared for travel problems.”
Meanwhile Greater Anglia, which runs the majority of trains out of Norwich rail station, is making plans for the potential disruption which could be caused by the snow.
A spokesman said: “Today’s winter weather is affecting our services and we have imposed a 60mph speed limit which will affect services between London and Colchester, Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge in both directions.
“The speed restriction has been put in place to reduce the risk of snow being drawn into the electric motors on our services which can cause damage when it melts.
“It also prevents the build-up of snow and ice on the underside of trains which can cause damage to the tracks/signals when it falls from the train.
“As a result of these speed restrictions we expect minor delays to occur throughout the evening.”
- To see more snow photos from around the region, view the gallery at the top-right of this page.
- To follow the latest weather and travel news, follow our live blog throughout today as the region braces itself for a wintry blast, using the link at the top-right of this page or by going to www.edp24.co.uk/news/snow/snow-liveblog