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The big freeze hits Waveney

PUBLISHED: 09:18 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:18 19 January 2013

Snow covered streets of Lowestoft.

Holly Ardley pulling along Charlie and Lee Ardley on a sledge.

Snow covered streets of Lowestoft. Holly Ardley pulling along Charlie and Lee Ardley on a sledge.

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Police across Suffolk last night urged motorists to take extra care on the roads as Waveney prepared for what was expected to be the heaviest snowfall so far.

Having missed out on the freezing conditions that had caused chaos in Norfolk earlier in the week, Waveney awoke to a blanket of white stuff yesterday (Friday) - leading to school closures and early finishes, and the cancellation of all bin collections.

And as light flurries of snow fell across the district yesterday afternoon, this weekend’s sporting fixtures on council grounds were also cancelled.

Norwich-based Weatherquest forecaster Phil Garner said there would be light flurries of snow today but the heaviest snow is expected late tomorrow afternoon, with up to five inches predicted to fall overnight in Suffolk.

However yesterday, despite the icy early-morning conditions, and the closure of 15 schools and children’s centres in Lowestoft, police said that there had been no reported road traffic collisions in the town.

The only reports had been of a criminal damage incident in Lowestoft as a car had its windscreen smashed by a snowball being thrown in St Margaret’s Road about 2pm. And police also attended following reports of anti-social behaviour as snowballs were thrown at properties in Hawthorne Avenue about 3.10pm.

A spokesman for Waveney District Council said that all sporting fixtures and training planned for grounds this weekend had been called off, and all bin collections were cancelled.

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