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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.

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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.

Winds gusting at more than 60 mph in the Anglia region

Sustained wind speeds in the Anglia region at 8am on Saturday in knots (34 knots = 39 mph) Credit: Met Office

Potentially damaging wind gusts of more than 60 mph have been recorded in the Anglia region during Saturday morning and further squally winds are expected as a weather front crosses the area.

Winds were gusting at 61 mph at Wittering in Cambridgeshire and Marham in Norfolk at 10am on Saturday.

A peak wind gust of 58 mph was recorded at Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast at 9am on Saturday. Sustained winds across the region are also high at 25-40 mph.

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region up to 7am on Saturday

  • 56 mph in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 53 mph in Wittering, Cambs
  • 52 mph in Bedford
  • 48 mph in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 47 mph in Gorleston, Norfolk
  • 47 mph in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 47 mph in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

There was a wind gust of 96 mph at Lerwick in Scotland and wind gusts have been exceeding 100 mph on the Scottish mountains.

It has been an exceptionally mild night for January with temperatures even as high as 14°C at midnight. That's similar to the average daytime maximum usually recorded in April in the Anglia region.

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Flood warning issued for the River Wid in Essex

A flood warning has been issued for the River Wid from Ingatestone to Writtle. Credit: Environment Agency

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Wid from Ingatestone to, and including Writtle.

The Agency says river levels continue to rise slowly from Saturday's rainfall and that flooding is expected for Stock Lane, Ingatestone is at risk and properties at Hylands Mill and around Writtle Bridge.

Over the next 24 hours the forecast is for no significant rain and river levels are expected to fall.

Flood warning issued for River Nene east of Peterborough

A Flood Warning has been issued for the North Bank Road by the River Nene east of Peterborough Credit: Environment Agency

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for the North Bank Road alongside the River Nene, east of Peterborough and west of Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice.

Flooding is expected for the North Bank Road alongside the River Nene to the east of Peterborough and the West of the Dog-in-a-Doublet Sluice during times of tide lock.

"Heavy rain on Saturday has caused river levels to rise on the River Nene. During periods of high tide the river will be unable to discharge into the sea, resulting in tide lock conditions. This is likely to lead to localised flooding at North Bank Road."

– Environment Agency

There are also more than a dozen Flood Alerts in force across the Anglia region.

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