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Roads: Delays expected due to fallen trees

Delays are expected in the region due to fallen down trees on the roads. Gale force winds and rain have swept the region, with Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Northamptonshire all experiencing blocked roads.

The areas experiencing delays are:

  • B1145 Church Road Westbound, Cawston in Norfolk
  • B1002, Station Lane, Ingatestone in Essex
  • Church Lane, Bugbrooke in Northamptonshire
  • B1381 The Brook, Sutton in Cambridgeshire
  • Mill Street, Harlow in Essex
  • Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey in Essex


Winds starting to pick up in the Anglia region as storm sweeps in

The swirl of cloud at the centre of a storm sweeping across the UK. Credit: Met Office

Winds have started to strengthen across the Anglia region as the effects of a storm sweeping in from the Atlantic begin to be felt.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as winds could gust at 50-65 mph during the early hours. It's possible there could be travel disruption or power cuts.

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region at 11pm on Wednesday 14 January 2015

  • 51 mph in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 45 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 45 mph in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
  • 44 mph in Marham, Norfolk
  • 40 mph in Bedford

Stormy conditions for the Anglia region on Wednesday night

The storm was centred off the west coast of Ireland at 5.30pm on Wednesday. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office is warning of gales or severe gales on Wednesday night into Thursday with potentially damaging gusts of wind.

A yellow weather warning has been issued and there's the risk of disruption to transport and power supplies.

"Inland gusts may locally exceed 60 mph close to the squally cold front, whilst gusts of 60 to 70 mph seem likely at coastal sites in the south and west, as well as across hills. Gusts may exceed 75 mph in the more exposed coastal locations."

– Met Office

The yellow weather warning is in force until 6am on Thursday 15 January 2015

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Flurries of snow have fallen in parts of the region

Parts of the region have had flurries of snow today. Parts of Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk reported brief falls. These pictures were taken at Kelling Hospital at Holt in North Norfolk.

Snow falling in Holt Credit: Dawn Crafer
Snow falling at Kelling Hospital, Holt Credit: Dawn Crafer

There were heavy downpours of rain elsewhere - leaving spectacular sights in the sky. These rainbow pictures were sent in by Adele Price from Bradwell near Great Yarmouth. You can get the full forecast here.

A spectacular double rainbow over Bradwell in Norfolk Credit: Adele Price
Another view of a rainbow, from Beccles Credit: Ian Thompson


Snow forecast for parts of the Anglia region on Tuesday night

The risk of snow has been forecast for some parts of the Anglia region overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

The Met Office computer animation below shows the areas at risk of snow marked in white. The blue areas are where rain is expected to fall.

Some places could see wintry showers overnight with slight accumulations in places. For instance, there could be a couple of centimetres of snow on the higher ground of the Chilterns around Luton and Dunstable.

Other showers will be bit and miss with some areas missing them. There may be a few slushy accumulations by the Wednesday rush hour but any snow is not expected to stick around.

Lanes closed on M25 Dartford Crossing in strong winds

Two lanes of the Dartford Crossing are closed because of strong winds. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

There is very slow traffic on the Dartford Crossing bridge from Essex into Kent because of severe weather conditions.

Two lanes are closed due to strong winds on M25 clockwise at A282 (QE2 Bridge). Lanes one and three of the four lanes are closed on the bridge for safety, as lorries are getting blown around in the gusts.

Elsewhere, there are reports of a tree blocking the A140 Norwich to Ipswich road at Tasburgh near Long Stratton in Norfolk. Trees have also been brought down in other parts of the region with warnings for drivers to take care on the roads.

Wind gusts of 61mph were recorded at Marham in Norfolk and Wittering in Cambridgeshire at 10am on Saturday.

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