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Drivers in north Wales warned of icy roads risk


Snow and sunshine in Wales despite icy roads warning

Motorists have been warned to take care on the roads after heavy snow fell across parts of Wales.

Gritters have been out but police say driving conditions are treacherous particularly on quieter side roads.

The Met Office warned of severe icy road conditions in Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham at 06.15 GMT.

There were minor crashes reported near Cardiff and Carmarthen, while Cardiff City's FA Cup tie at Bristol City was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

A spokesman said wintry showers of sleet or snow will fall onto sub zero road surfaces and lead to widespread icy stretches on untreated surfaces.

Speed restrictions were put in place on a long stretch of the M4 between Miskin and Pont Abraham due to poor driving conditions, and similarly on the A470 in both directions between Cardiff and Abercynon.

A car left the road on the A484 between Carmarthen and Cynnwyl Elfed, while the A4232 Ely link road between Cardiff and the M4 was closed for two hours on Saturday morning after two separate crashes.

Cardiff City's away FA Cup tie at Bristol City on Saturday was postponed because of a frozen pitch, and rescheduled for 12 January.

Referee Peter Walton said: "The ground staff have made a great effort to get the game on.

"Three-quarters of the pitch is totally playable but unfortunately at the top (east) end where the sun doesn't get to it, the ground is very hard."

In rugby union, the match between Pontypridd and Ebbw Vale in the Welsh Premiership was also called off.

Two schools in Pembrokeshire will be closed on Monday.

A secondary school in Crymych, Ysgol Preseli, will not open due to the icy conditions, while St Florence VC School near Tenby has a boiler problem.

A Saturday afternoon concert by Cantorion John S Davies Singers in Swansea was called off due to snow and ice.

There is a warning of more wintry showers across north Wales on Saturday night, pushing further south.

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