RESIDENTS in Tendring are being urged to take extra precautions as snow and icy conditions continue.

Tendring Council said conditions have become difficult as snow continues to fall and drift across the district.

Winds have caused significant snow drifts in some areas, including on major routes.

A Met Office yellow warning for snow had been lifted for Thursday, but was reinstated early in the morning.

A yellow warning for snow and ice is in place for Friday.

The council said residents are reminded to keep wrapped up warm and to check on vulnerable people in their communities.

Tendring Council’s Careline is continuing to operate, but is very busy.

Businesses have also been urged to think about the welfare of their staff, and to consider closing early to allow colleagues time to travel home early if necessary.

The council closed its offices at 11am on Thursday to allow those staff who are not already home working to make the journey home before conditions got worse.

Public toilets were also closed as some froze up and waste collections are also suspended.

Travel conditions were difficult across Tendring on Thursday morning, with many rural routes impassable due to snow drifts, compounded by abandoned cars.

Police advised motorists to avoid the A120 at Horsley Cross and Jaywick Lane was closed due to the icy conditions.

Lynda McWilliams, cabinet member responsible for emergency planning, praised all those who were helping to keep the district running during the snowfall.

“I know many council staff have been out doing their bit and working hard to keep services running. And there have been many lovely reports on social media of people getting out in their communities to help stranded drivers.

“While other parts of the UK have been issued with the highest Met Office red warning for snow – and our thoughts are with those bracing themselves – we in Tendring must not take our eye off the ball and continue to monitor the situation carefully.

“Once again I urge people to stay inside unless necessary, to check on the vulnerable within their communities, and to keep an eye on the forecast. Most importantly, do not underestimate the power of the weather.”

Update, 1pm: Essex Police has reported that the A120 between Harwich and Horsley Cross is now open and traffic is running slowly.

But motorists are still advised to avoid the area if possible and to only to travel if absolutely necessary.