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Essex: Saturday snow updates
Updated 9:41am Sunday 24th March 2013 in News
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- Snowfall throughout Saturday, dying out overnight
- Forecasters warn of "slow thaw" on Sunday
Moderate snow continues to fall in many Northern parts of Essex. Several more centimetres expected here before midnight.— @EssexWeather 23 March 2013
Maldon's Promenade Park earlier today, courtesy of the Maldon Carnival Facebook page:
Runway open, some sleet & freezing conditions expected tonight... please check with your airlines and leave extra time for your journey.— @STN_Airport 23 March 2013
Our gritting lorries will be treating our roads Countywide this afternoon & again early tomorrow morning for potential snow.— @EssexTravelNews 23 March 2013
Conditions deteriorating quickly on the roads. These three cars crashed into one another just now http://t.co/IxK7G8zEAt— @EssexWeather 23 March 2013
The Essex Weather Centre tweeted this picture of snowfall in Danbury:
Sarah Broome, of Bocking, sent in this photo of the snow bunny made by Dylan Millbank, eight, and Harvey Millbank, five.
Gritters will be back out on the roads in Essex from 3pm today. Track their progress by clicking this link.
Overhead line problems in the Clacton area are causing delays and cancellations to trains at Braintree and Witham stations.
Stansted Airport on Twitter: "Stansted runway open, some delays occurring. De-icer teams working round the clock to keep planes moving. Apologies to those pax affected. Please check with your airlines for up to date info."
Patrick Penn, of Mallows Field, Halstead, sent us this photo. He writes: "Martin and Billybob's feeble attempt at a snowman"
More on that road accident in Witham Road, Wickham Bishops, just before 7am today. Thankfully there were no injuries.
An Essex Police spokesman said: "Officers attended and found that a Skoda Octavia and a Volkswagen Jetta had been in collision but that no-one was injured.
"A passing motorist in a Land Rover assisted in moving one of the vehicles to the side of the road as it had suffered wheel damage and the road was fully clear at 8.10am."
The latest forecast from the Essex Weather Centre suggests snow will continue throughout today, becoming lighter overnight and dying out by tomorrow morning. Temperatures will remain close to freezing throughout the weekend.
In football, Maldon and Tiptree's match at Brentwood Town today has also been postponed.
Braintree Town's Blue Square Premier match at home to Alfreton has been re-arranged for this Thursday (March 28).
Tiptree Road in Wickham Bishops is partially blocked due to an accident at the junction with Witham Road and The Street.
Debbie Farrell took this photo of her son Joshua with his sledge on the Fairview estate in Braintree:
An academy trial day at Halstead Town Football Club has been called off due to the weather. It will be rearranged for a later date, according to first-team manager Mark Benterman.
As always, we'd love to see your photos if you are out and about in the snow today. Email your Braintree or Witham pics to firstname.lastname@example.org, Halstead pics to email@example.com, or Maldon and Burnham pics to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Jackman took this photo in Rayne Road, Braintree, this morning:
The weather has affected today's sporting fixtures. Braintree Town's home match against Alfreton has been postponed. Witham Town and Heybridge Swifts have also had home matches today called off.
A pitch inspection is taking place at 10.30am for Maldon and Tiptree's match away to Brentwood.
Essex Police has advised motorists to only travel if necessary today.
As of 10am, there had been 12 road accidents reported to police in the county since midnight, although most of them are not believed to have been weather-related.
A spokesman said: "However further snow is expected today and conditions may deteriorate so police would advise motorists to only travel if necessary."