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Weather UPDATE: Flights back on at Norwich Airport but some disruption to train services

PUBLISHED: 09:14 19 December 2010 | UPDATED: 10:37 19 December 2010

Snow covered Chapelfield Park in Norwich.

Snow covered Chapelfield Park in Norwich.

©Archant Photographic 2010

Despite the big freeze on Friday night warmer temperatures overnight on Saturday have meant roads have started to clear around the county.

Motorists are still being urged to take care and watch out for any snowy patches, as are shoppers as pavements and footpaths remain icy.

Despite some cancelled flights to and from Amsterdam on Saturday, Norwich International Airport is open today with all flights running as normal.

National Express East Anglia have issued a warning on their website though, that some services on their Stansted Express network may still be disrupted by bad weather conditions as buses replaces trains on some parts of the route.

Forecasters had predicated more snow would fall overnight in the county, but despite just a few short showers, many places have escaped a fresh covering of snow.

Norfolk police said since 7am this morning there had been just one minor road accident, after conditions turned out not to be as bad as had been feared.

But, over the border in Suffolk, falling snow yesterday afternoon caused “havoc”, according to Suffolk police, with some roads impassable.

A Suffolk police spokesman said there had been “crash after crash in icy conditions” and people were urged to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary.”

Although the force dealt with an “unusually high number of crashes” nobody was seriously hurt.

Norfolk also saw a string of crashes on Saturday as snow on Friday night and plunging temperatures made driving treacherous.

The A47 Acle Straight re-opened on Saturday afternoon after an accident involving a number of vehicles which had gone off the road between the A1064 junction in Acle and the A12 junction in Great Yarmouth.

Around Norwich there were also a string of crashes in the icy conditions, including in Trowse Newton just before 9.20am and in Hellesdon just before 11am.

On Saturday families in Norwich woke up to covering of snow and some ice on the roads and pavements, but although it remained cold throughout the day, there were no further snow showers and blue skies for much of the day.

Diss escaped much of the snow, but remained cold with temperatures around -7C, in Buxton, -17 was reported.

There were no snowfalls in Dereham, but again temperatures barely rose above freezing, staying at around -3 degrees all day, leaving some of the less-used pavements very icy.


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