WEST NORFOLK: The snow must go on – and fresh falls expected today
West Norfolk has had some of the worst weather seen in the country during this week’s freeze – and more snow is expected today.
The Met Office is predicting the area will receive between two and five centimetres of snow during the course of the day with more freezing temperatures over the weekend.
Temperatures dropped as low as minus 12 degrees Celsius at the RAF Marham weather station on Wednesday night, while up to nine centimetres of snow fell on the borough during Monday and Tuesday.
A total of 50 schools have closed over the last three days and the emergency services have been busy dealing with scores of accidents.
A Met Office spokesman said yesterday: “West Norfolk is having some of the most severe weather conditions.
“You have had some of the heaviest snow and minus 13 was the lowest temperature recorded so far this winter.”
Supt Dave Marshall, of Lynn Police, has urged motorists to drive to the conditions
He said: “We’ve had many more road collisions to respond to than normal, but have still managed to carry out our routine policing.
“Luckily the majority of the incidents are minor ones. It is disappointing that we are still seeing people not taking sensible precautions.”
Norfolk Fire Service group manager Stuart Horth said crews were particularly busy on Tuesday, but crews in Hunstanton have continued to train.
Norfolk County Council said gritters were due to complete five runs in West Norfolk yesterday, while salt levels are being monitored constantly.
Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital is operating as normal but has seen a “steady stream” of weather-related injuries.
Bin lorries could not reach homes in St Edmundsbury, Beagley Court and Rainsthorpe in Lynn and Earsham Drive in South Wootton yesterday. Crews will be attempting to catch up with collections in the villages surrounding Lynn, Downham and Hunstanton.
Elsewhere, football matches scheduled for this weekend on the council-owned pitches at River Lane and Kingsway, in Lynn, and West Lynn, have already been cancelled, while King’s Lynn Town’s game against Kidsgrove Athletic tomorrow is unlikely to go ahead. Tomorrow’s Park Run in Lynn has also been cancelled.
Seven Lynn primary schools were closed, though secondary schools in the town remained open.
Springwood headteacher Andy Johnson praised their staff for ensuring the school was safe to open.
But Lynn’s WHSmith, including the post office in Norfolk Street, was closed yesterday because of a leak in an air conditioning unit..
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Weather for King's Lynn
Saturday 25 May 2013
Temperature: 6 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 22 mph
Wind direction: North
Temperature: 6 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 12 mph
Wind direction: North west