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Snow set to descend on Suffolk and north Essex overnight as Met Office increases weather warning to amber

PUBLISHED: 17:27 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:31 26 February 2018

Heavy snowfall covered Rushmere common in a blanket of white. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Heavy snowfall covered Rushmere common in a blanket of white. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The Met Office has increased its weather warning for snow from yellow to amber as the ‘Beast from the East’ weather front hits the region.

Rushmere Common after this afternoon's snowfall.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNRushmere Common after this afternoon's snowfall. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Heavy snow is expected to descend on Suffolk between 2am and noon on Tuesday, with forecasters predicting it to be the coldest winter since 1991.

While the region has seen flurries of snow this afternoon, showers and longer periods of snow are expected on Tuesday, accompanied by very low temperatures.

The warning has been extended further north into coastal Suffolk and across south east England.

According to the Met Office, there is the likelihood of travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

Dog walkers in the snow in Christchurch park.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNDog walkers in the snow in Christchurch park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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It has also warned that some rural communities could become cut off and power cuts may also occur.

Bury at Edmunds gets a covering of snow. Picture: GREGG BROWNBury at Edmunds gets a covering of snow. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.

The streets of Ipswich were covered in a blanket of white as the 'Beast from the East' descended upon Suffolk.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe streets of Ipswich were covered in a blanket of white as the 'Beast from the East' descended upon Suffolk. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Snow and icy cold temperatures are predicted for the whole week in East Anglia, as ‘the Beast from the East’ takes force.

Snow has begun to settle in parts of Suffolk, including in Ipswich.

A snow shower passes through Sudbury. Picture: GREGG BROWNA snow shower passes through Sudbury. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Forecaster Dan Holley, from Weatherquest, said: “It is one of the snowiest patches of weather we have seen for some time.

“There is a chance we will see more that 5-10cm of snow.”

Snow is beginning to settle in Ipswich. Picture: ROSS HALLSSnow is beginning to settle in Ipswich. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Forecasters are now warning that the worst of the weather, being dubbed Storm Emma by the Met Office, will reach the UK on Thursday and Friday.

The streets of Ipswich were covered in a blanket of white as the 'Beast from the East' descended on Suffolk.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe streets of Ipswich were covered in a blanket of white as the 'Beast from the East' descended on Suffolk. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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