Heavy snow likely to bring disruption to East, say forecasters

DISRUPTION is expected over the next few days as forecasters predict heavy snow in parts of East Anglia. The Met Office has said heavy snow showers later today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) are likely to bring the potential of disruption. In Cambridge

DISRUPTION is expected over the next few days as forecasters predict heavy snow in parts of East Anglia.

The Met Office has said heavy snow showers later today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) are likely to bring the potential of disruption.

In Cambridgeshire show showers are "readily expected to turn to snow giving local accumulations of five to 10cm".

An advisory notice of severe or extreme has been issued with temperatures dropping below freezing across the East of England.


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Met Office chief forecaster, Andy Page, said: "Eastern parts of England are expected to bear the brunt of the heaviest snowfall but there could be some snow further west at times too."

He added that it was still too early to say what the weather it would be a white Christmas.

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Following the severe weather warning, the region's ambulance service has asked drivers in the event of heavy snow to undertake only essential journeys.

Neil Storey, from the East of England Ambulance Service, said: "As many people will be aware, the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the next few days, due to the adverse winter weather conditions.

"The East of England Ambulance Service would like to reassure people that a normal 999 service is in operation, and we have a number of 4x4 vehicles on standby across the region to assist as needed. However, we would ask people to help by dialling 999 only if absolutely necessary.

"If you need advice but don't have a serious or life-threatening emergency, remember other options are available to you such as calling NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or contacting your local GP or pharmacist.

"We would advise people to undertake only essential journeys, and if they must travel to carry with them appropriate supplies, such as warm blankets, food and drink."

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