Suffolk transformed into winter wonderland

Wendy Knipe snapped this snowy scene in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds
Wendy Knipe snapped this snowy scene in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds
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PEOPLE in Suffolk and Norfolk woke up to a blanket of white on Sunday as heavy snowfall swept across the region.

Bury St Edmunds saw 15cm, almost six inches, of snow fall in just a few hours.

Snowmen and snow angels popped up all over the county yesterday and readers of the Bury Free Press have been sending in their wonderful wintery pictures - click here for gallery.

No closures have been reported for the schools around Bury although parents of Riverwalk School pupils have been advised staff will collect their children from the top of the access drive due to dangerous road conditions.

Alan Messum, former meteorologist and volunteer rainfall observer for the Environment Agency, said the heavy snowfall had taken everyone by surprise.

He said: “What is astonishing is that all that snow fell in about two hours - it was intense snowfall.

“I have not seen it snow like that for quite some time.

“It is very surprising considering what a mild winter we have been had so far.”

Calls to the ambulance service soared over the weekend - a rise by more than 20 percent on the same weekend last year.

Collisions were up nearly double on last year.

But the number of patients requiring hospital treatment following a collision was significantly lower than both last year and last weekend.

Suffolk county council’s gritting teams worked round the clock to clear priority routes with many of Suffolk’s farmers joining in to clear the county’s rural roads.

Although Suffolk’s A and B roads and main bus and commuter routes are largely clear, drivers and pedestrians are being urged to proceed with caution.

Matt Riches, Suffolk County Council’s Head of Winter Maintenance said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Suffolk’s farmers and our gritting teams for their tireless work over a difficult 48 hours.

“We will continue assessing conditions and will be treating roads and footways to keep Suffolk moving.”

For more information on school closures visit the county council’s school closures website by clicking here