West Norfolk Council’s Jason Wells at the Saturday Market Place in King’s Lynn on Monday. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

Strong winds followed by snow created dangerous conditions in West Norfolk this week.

Most of the county’s schools closed due to snowfall with just a handful open on Monday and Tuesday for the children of key workers and pupils needing extra support.

In total, 388 schools across Norfolk were closed, mainly due to concerns over travelling conditions and staff switched to remote learning for pupils who would otherwise have been in the classroom.

Snow and ice affected waste collection services throughout the borough on Monday. West Norfolk Council suspended garden waste collections for the week and black bin collection services were disrupted.

The adverse weather has also led to the cancellation of a number of road resurfacing schemes set to take place this month. Norfolk County Council said repairs to Langley Lane in South Wootton had been cancelled until further notice and also at Burnham Road in Stanhoe, Lynn Road at Castle Rising, Ringstead Road, Thornham and at Clockcase Lane in Clenchwarton.

Storm Darcy’s blizzard conditions saw emergency services called out to crashes, blocked roads and fallen trees. 

A county council spokesman said gritting and plough teams worked around the clock to clear roads with help from farmers in some areas. 

While not a welcome sight for many, the snow was a delight for youngsters who enjoyed the snow.