A flood alert has been issued for the Essex north coast as unstable conditions brought hail and snow to Essex this morning. The government has issued an alert saying flooding could occur along the Essex coast from Clacton to Maldon.

Floods are possible between 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. today (Friday April 1). Clacton Promenade, Lee-over-Sands and Brightlingsea seafront could experience waves and spray, the alert says.

The Strood at Mersea Island, Coast Road and Front Car Parks at West Mersea, as well as Hythe and Promenade at Maldon, may be underwater. The warning urges people to be careful on coastal roads and trails today. The alert indicates that the situation is being monitored and is not expected to escalate.

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The full warning reads: “Flood alert for the Essex coast from Clacton to and including, St Peters Flat and the Colne and Blackwater estuaries. This message has been issued as flooding is possible between 12.15pm and 2:15 p.m. today, Friday, April 1.

“Clacton Promenade, Lee-over-Sands and Brightlingsea seafront may see waves overtaking and spray. The Strood at Mersea Island, Coast Road and seafront car parks at West Mersea, and Hythe and Promenade at Maldon may be flooded.

“The detailed forecast for those using it is for a peak level at Clacton of 2.75 mAODN at 1:15 p.m., Friday, April 1, which is 0.44 m above the tide tables, wind Force 7, north- est. (mAODN is the height above mean sea level, for more information refer to the local tide tables).

“Be careful on coastal roads and trails, and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation and do not expect it to get worse.