Snow continues to cause problems in Norwich - and there's more on the way
PUBLISHED: 11:54 03 December 2010 | UPDATED: 12:17 03 December 2010
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The wintry weather continued to cause problems in Norwich this morning, with another fresh blanketing of snow for much of the city - and there is more on the way.
Phil Garner, from University of East Anglia-based Weatherquest, said it looked as temperatures had plunged to around minus six degrees centigrade in some parts of the county.
He said: “The showers will be fading away through the day and it should be fine and bright later, with temperatures of one or two degrees.
“But coming into the weekend, there is more snow and sleet from the west on the way and overnight temperatures could be as low as minus three degrees centigrade, so there could be a lot of ice about in the morning.”
Snow fell again in the early hours of the morning, with Norwich International Airport closed until 8.30am because of snow on the runway and the 6.50am train from Norwich to London cancelled.
First Eastern Counties made alterations to a number of its services because of icy roads. Passengers on services 12, 12A, 12B, 13, 15A, 19/20 and 35 all faced disruption, with some stops not served.
Seven schools closed across the county yesterday and by 8.30am today 15 in Norfolk had announced they would be shut, although none of those were in Norwich.
It was a mixed picture around the county, with some areas spared fresh snowfall, but other places such as north Norfolk, Great Yarmouth and Hickling experiencing showers.
Bin collections have been suspended today across the whole of North Norfolk District, because of the snow.
Today’s work will be done on Monday, weather permitting.
A spokesman said: “We do still have refuse collections outstanding from earlier in the week, and we aim to catch up with those as soon as possible, starting Monday.
“Sincere apologies to everyone for the inconvenience. We ask that people please leave their bins out so they are ready when we resume collections.”
Norwich City Council officers said the bad weather was affecting recycling and waste collections around the city.
A spokesman said: “Our contractors will continue to try and make as many collections as possible, so if you have a scheduled collection, or if it has not been possible to make your collection over the last couple of days, please leave your bins at your normal collection point and we will empty them as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, Norfolk County Council bosses re-iterated that it is fine to clear snow from paths without fear of legal action if somebody slips.
Graham Plant, Norfolk’s cabinet member for travel and transport said: “There is nothing wrong with taking sensible steps to clear snow from outside your property.
“If you sweep away snow and use kitchen salt or sand to make paths and steps safer you are not making yourself automatically liable if anyone then slips or falls.
“It’s a myth, and no-one should be deterred from community-spirited action that is likely to make life easier for all.”