Your photos as snow, sleet and wintry weather sweep across East Anglia

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Colder Arctic air has caused the snowy conditions, as seen in this photo sent by a viewer in Peterborough. Credit: Sathees Balya

People have been waking up to a light dusting of snow across the Anglia region.

Viewers have been sending in their pictures - and here below are some of the best ones.

There has been a noticeable change from the dry, milder weather seen last week, which is associated with high-pressure systems.

That brought overnight lows below freezing in parts of the East of England, as colder Arctic air pushed south across the country, bringing with it the wintry conditions.

This decking in Brandon experienced a scatter of snow. Credit: Mick Baker

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the Essex coast at Coalhouse Fort, including for the car park and surrounding marshland.

The mix of snow, sleet and rain means it is a snow day for feline friend Silas. Credit: Rachael Goldsmith

Meanwhile, The Met Office put in place a yellow weather warning for ice overnight on Thursday.

Another yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place from midnight to 10am on Friday along the coast of Suffolk.

Yellow weather warnings are the lowest on the Met Office's scale, but they warn there is potential for “some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces”.

Road temperatures should hold up, however, due to the windy weather, said ITV News Anglia meteorologist Aisling Creevey.

Breezy conditions mean that the air is well-mixed, so the cold air cannot settle, she added.

The sun is starting to peek through this sleety garden in Peterborough. Credit: David Murray

The theme of unsettled weather will continue throughout the weekend, but temperatures will start to recover to be closer to the average at the beginning of next week.

There will be the return of some Atlantic air, but that will also mean the return of rain.

Discussing Friday's weather, Met Office meteorologist Matty Box said there was still "the chance of some wintry showers in the east coast and the North Sea coast, in particular through Saturday”.

It was a snowy garden in Ipswich this morning for Carl Trigg. Credit: Carl Trigg

Although the drop in temperatures is a sharp change from the brighter weather of recent weeks with highs of 20C, snow at this time of year is not unusual.

The most extreme example in recent years was the Beast from the East in February 2018, leading to the closure of hundreds of schools and widespread travel disruption.

These yellow primroses from Debbie Collins' in Crowfield have been scattered with a white dusting. Credit: Debbie Collins

The drop in temperatures is a risk for some of the nation’s gardeners.

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Guy Barter said: “Colder weather will slow plant growth and inhibit plums and pears pollination as insects fly less in cold dull weather."

But, added Ms Creevey, enjoy the snowy pictures now because it is not going to last too long.