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Weather and travel update: Norfolk escapes worst of weather but more snow is expected tomorrow

PUBLISHED: 11:06 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:23 19 January 2013

A train kicks up the snow at Eccles. Photograph Simon Parker

A train kicks up the snow at Eccles. Photograph Simon Parker

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Norfolk will experience only isolated snow showers today, say forecasters – but a front from the south could bring heavier snowfall tomorrow.

The county got between one and four centimetres of snow yesterday evening and overnight, as a weather system travelling west from Wales dropped most of its snow before making it to the east of England.

Chris Bell, a forecaster at UEA-based Weatherquest, said conditions could improve today as temperatures rise.

“Temperatures overnight were just above freezing, which is why we are getting a lot of melt on areas that have been gritted. When things are wetter the snow hits and doesn’t accumulate.”

Mr Bell said very heavy snowfall had not been expected in the east because of where the front was coming from.

“Fronts that come from the west don’t tend to be heavy for us because they dry out as they come eastwards. Even when it’s raining we never get as much.”

“Today and tonight will be much the same as it is now - cloudy, with the odd snow flurry but not the accumulation that we have seen.

“It will be cold however, with an easterly wind.”

A front coming from the south could hit Norfolk as dark falls tomorrow afternoon, bringing between four and seven centimetres across the county.

“There could be a little less in the west, and it could turn to sleet on the coast, but that is the average figure we can expect,” added Mr Bell.

Travel

First Buses is continuing with its policy of serving only main roads in Norwich because of the state of side roads, with some services to and from the city being curtailed or diverted.

All services uses are running in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, and the cross-county X1 service is operating in both directions, but subject to slight delays.

Anglian Bus cancelled all services yesterday, but said it hoped to run a full timetable today, subject to the weather.

Norfolk Green is running a full service apart from the Coasthopper not serving Burnham Overy Staithe.

Greater Anglia said it expects to run a full train timetable today, though some planned engineering works will go ahead as scheduled.

All Norfolk Park and Ride services are operating as normal.

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