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Last Updated: Friday, 3 March 2006, 08:25 GMT
Fewer schools close as snow eases
Children enjoy the snow in Llanfairfechan on Thursday

The majority of schools in Wales closed by the heavy snow over the past couple of days have reopened on Friday.

However, more than 30 schools have so far been confirmed as closed, most of them in north west Wales.

Drivers across parts of north and mid Wales have been warned to expect icy roads as thawing snow freezes.

The Met Office has warned motorists to be wary in Anglesey, Conwy, Wrexham, Gwynedd, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Powys and Ceredigion.

The heavy snowfall and plunging temperatures have previously seen more than 400 schools close their doors for each of the past two days.

Most of Friday's school closures are in Gwynedd, with others on Anglesey and in Merthyr Tydfil in the south Wales valleys.

Coleg Menai campuses are closed to students but open to staff.

A woman had to be cut free by firefighters after her car skidded on ice and overturned near Brecon, Powys on Friday.

The woman was trapped in the vehicle following the accident on the B4520 between the villages of Lower and Upper Chapel.

She was taken to hospital but her condition is not yet known.

Ceredigion council said no schools closed and on the roads, gritters were out, particularly in the north of the county.


Ceredigion council has said any refuse not collected within the next few days due to the weather will be collected next week at the usual collection times.

Refuse collections in Conwy have been suspended until further notice because of the snow.

North Wales Police reported no road closures but there was ice on some roads on Friday morning. Motorists were advised to take care, particularly on minor roads.

All council run sports pitches in Wrexham will be closed this weekend because of the weather.

Another casualty of the weather is Bala's eisteddfod, which was due to take place at Capel Annibynwyr on Friday evening.

A concert by Meinir Gwilym at the Royal International Pavilion in Llangollen was also postponed and rescheduled for 29 April.

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