Drivers stranded in the severe weather conditions are being urged to call police on 101 or 999 if they feel in danger.
It comes after several people had to be rescued after becoming stranded in snowdrifts caused by strong windows in areas across the county.
Officers working with partner agencies and volunteers have gone to the aid of several motorists stranded in the treacherous conditions.
Drivers should only travel if absolutely necessary and anyone intending on travelling is urged to plan ahead and tell others about their journey plans.
Since midnight, police have received:
· 150 calls relating to highway obstructions
· 19 damage only RTCs
· Three injury RTCs
Chief Inspector Sonia Humphreys, from Norfolk’s Contact and Control Room, said the warning remained the same – only travel if absolutely necessary.
She said: “People do seem to be taking heed of the message. However, we’ve attended a number of areas today, particularly in rural locations, where motorists have become stranded.
“Roads in the more rural locations are heavily affected with areas virtually impassable because of ice and snowdrifts.
“The reality is that due to the size and nature of the county, there could be other drivers stuck in remote locations we don’t know about. Equally, people in those locations may not know exactly where they are. However, we would ask that you provide emergency services with as much information as you possibly can about your location to help ensure we are able to find you as soon as possible.
“Our advice to anyone stranded is to make contact with family or friends and make arrangements to get somewhere safe. If you do feel in danger – please call 101 or 999 so we can help you. We are monitoring social media but please don’t rely on this if you are in danger – you need to make that call.”
Drivers who need to travel are advised to:
· Plan ahead – check you route on a planner to see the latest traffic updates
· Tell friends or family about your travel plans – inc route – and let them know when you’ve arrived
· Make sure you vehicle is clear of snow/ice, has sufficient fuel and screenwash
· Allow plenty of time for your journey
· Travel at a low speed avoiding sudden braking/steering moves
· Keep a sensible distance between you and the car in front
· Use headlights – do not rely solely on daytime running lights
· If visibility falls below 100m use your fog lights
· Take provisions (blanket, warm clothing, food/water)
· Charge your phone before setting off
· If you get stuck in the snow stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of the main traffic route, where it won’t cause an obstruction when conditions ease. Leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen and return to your car at the first opportunity you have.
Members of the public can follow @norfolkpolice and the Norfolk Constabulary Facebook page for updates and areas to avoid.
Members of the public are asked to report any non-urgent matters online at www.norfolk.police.uk. In an emergency, always dial call 999.