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'Appalling seas' hamper rescue effort at Harwich

The Belgian trawler in heavy seas off the coast of Harwich. Credit: RNLI.

Lifeboat crews had to come to the rescue of a trawler after it got into difficulties in "appalling seas" off the coast of Harwich.

The RNLI launched its all-weather lifeboat at about 12.45am on Friday but did not reached the Belgian beam trawler, which was 30 miles out, until 3.30am.

The volunteer crew battled a force nine gale as it attempted to tow the vessel back to Harwich.

The RNLI described the conditions as "appalling" and said the tow rope snapped three times on the journey back.

The lifeboat eventually returned to Harwich at 11.00am on Saturday.

The RNLI Harwich lifeboat returns to shore. Credit: RNLI.

Gritters out across the Anglia region clearing snow and ice

A few snow showers on the radar at 7am on Tuesday 3 February 2015. Credit: Met Office

Gritting lorries have been out across hundreds of miles of roads across the Anglia region after overnight snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Most schools across the region are unaffected by the weather and are open as usual although some are extending arrival times for pupils.

Temperatures around the Anglia region at 7am on Tuesday

  • -1.7°C in Northampton
  • -1.3°C in Bedford
  • -1.3°C in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • -1.0°C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • -0.8°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • -0.7°C in Cambridge
  • -0.6°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • -0.5°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • -0.1°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • +0.2°C in Norwich
  • +0.5°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk

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Snow warning extended to entire Anglia region

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for snow and ice until 10am on Tuesday 3 February 2015. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has extended its yellow weather warning for snow and ice further westwards to cover all parts of the Anglia region.

The warning is in force until 10am on Tuesday 3 February 2015.

Snow has been reported on Monday evening in Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire.

The Met Office says: "Showers of sleet and snow will affect the area overnight and for a while on Tuesday morning, bringing local accumulations of 1-2 cm, perhaps around 5 cm for the North York Moors. There is also a a risk of ice on untreated surfaces. The public should be aware of locally tricky driving conditions."

Radar image showing areas where snow was falling at 9.30pm on Monday 2 February 2015. Credit: Met Office

"A northerly flow will bring an air mass of arctic origin over the area. Showers will fall as snow inland and over hills, though may remain as rain or sleet near coasts, where the risk of ice may be higher."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

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Yellow warning of snow and ice for East of England

Taken in Cambridge on Saturday. Credit: Barry Starling

A yellow warning for snow and ice in the East has been issued by the Met Office.

It covers Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Peterborough, Suffolk and Hertfordshire valid from 7pm Monday 2 February to 10am on Tuesday 3 February.

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Area covered by the yellow weather warning on Monday night into Tuesday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office warning says: "Showers of sleet and snow will affect the area later today and overnight and for a while on Tuesday morning, bringing local accumulations of 1-2 cm, perhaps around 5 cm for the North York Moors. There is also a a risk of ice on untreated surfaces."

"A northerly flow will bring an air mass of arctic origin over the area. Showers will fall as snow inland and over hills, though may remain as rain or sleet near coasts, where the risk of ice may be higher."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

Warning of snow for the East on Wednesday

Snow on the A47 at Swaffham in Norfolk on Saturday. Credit: Gary Parker

A yellow warning for snow on Wednesday in the East has been issued by the Met Office.

It covers Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk & Milton Keynes valid from 0005hrs until 2355 hrs on Wednesday 4 February.

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