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Icy conditions on Norfolk and Suffolk’s roads as cold snap continues

PUBLISHED: 07:20 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 07:20 28 December 2017

Drivers in Nofolk and Suffolk had to fish out the windscreen scrapers again this morning. Picture: Chris Bishop

Drivers in Nofolk and Suffolk had to fish out the windscreen scrapers again this morning. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Sub-zero temperatures overnight have created icy conditions on Norfolk and Suffolk’s roads, with a Met Office warning in place.

The Met Office has a yellow warning of ice in place for the East of England, including Norfolk and Suffolk, until 11am today.

They warned about icy patches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, as well as where showers have washed away treatment to surfaces.

They said some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces was possible.

Yesterday’s weather saw demand for services from police officers, firefighters and ambulance crews soar, with flooding, snow, ice and high winds hitting the region.

East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) declared a surge black - where demand is so high the only next step is to declare a major incident.

At the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), ambulances were queuing at accident and emergency as EEAST said it had been the busiest Christmas ever for its crews.

There were reports of passengers being left “stranded” at Stansted Airport last night after hundreds were left waiting to re-book tickets on dozens of flights which were cancelled due to earlier bad weather.

Airport officials were on standby with beds and blankets for anyone who was unable to get home or find accommodation as they attempted to clear the backlog.

The Met Office said temperatures fell to as low as -4.5C (24F) in Katesbridge, Co Down, in the early hours of Thursday while most parts of the UK hovered around 0C (32F).

Skies are expected to clear for the most part today and it will remain cold with temperatures reaching between 2C (37F) and 5C (41F).

A yellow warning of snow has been issued for the East Midlands, the north of England down to the Humber and southern Scotland from 3am on Friday until midday.

A band of occasionally heavy rain is due to move eastwards across the UK that will turn to snow as it meets cold air, with up to 5cm expected.

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