Stay home, stay safe message as more snow arrives

People being urged to stay safe, and off the roads, as more snow arrived overnight.

Emergency services and local agencies are continuing to work together to help people to get around safely, but as storm Darcy brought more snow and freezing temperatures, many roads have been blocked by snow and some vaccination centres have had to close temporarily.

Norfolk police have attended a number of minor road collisions and emergency services are calling for people to delay their journeys if they can until the weather improves.

Stuart Ruff, chief fire officer, said: “We are seeing the impact of the severe bad weather across many parts of the county.  Some of our crews have been out this morning, helping to clear access roads so that the four vaccination centres can open in the Great Yarmouth area.

A snowy Sheringham looks lovely but please stay off the roads if possible, say emergency services. Photo: GARETH GABRIEL PHOTOGRAPHY

“If you do need to make an essential journey, please be mindful of the conditions, especially if you’re driving. The difficult weather increases the risk to everyone and the likelihood that our crews will be required to assist.”

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: “It has been an extremely busy week for all the Highways teams, who initially responded to reports of flooding, and more recently the high winds and snow conditions over the weekend.

“We’re working around the clock at the moment with ploughing teams and gritters, with support from farmers across the county, who have been helping to clear the network of snow since Sunday morning.”

Some NHS covid-19 testing centres across Norfolk and Waveney have been closed as a result of the weather, but people can expect to be referred to the nearest available alternative where needed.

T/Chief Inspector Jason Selvarajah, chair of the Norfolk Resilience Forum Strategic Coordination Group, said: “We saw weather conditions worsen overnight, as expected, and our priority continues to be that of keeping people safe during what is already a challenging time.

“There will be people trying to get to key places of work, and to support the very vulnerable, and for every additional person out and about, the risk to them and those trying to help them increases.

“With more snow predicted over the coming days, our message remains the same – if you don’t have to make that essential journey just yet, don’t do it; and we thank our communities and those working to help them for their cooperation and patience so far.”

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