Christmas Day was ushered in with snowstorms and hailstorms, thunder and lightning. On the 26th the roads were almost impassable by the drifting snow which, in some localities, was from ten to twelve feet deep.
The Ipswich mail coach, which should have arrived in Norwich on Christmas Day, did not reach the city until eleven o’clock on the night of the 29th. One of the passengers, Captain Petre, walked to Norwich from Thwaite, a distance of 28 miles; he arrived in the city on the 28th.
The Newmarket mail could get no further than Bury St Edmunds. The eventual thaw came in January – and led to widespread flooding.