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Spring snow and high winds hit parts of Wales

Snow near the village of Deiniolen, Gwynedd
Some 8cm of snow fell near the village of Deiniolen in Gwynedd

Parts of Wales have seen heavy spring snow and high winds making driving conditions difficult in some areas.

Officials monitoring the situation on Wednesday morning closed the Horseshoe Pass at Llangollen after bad weather and a broken down lorry.

Drivers across Wales were warned of hazardous conditions and some schools had to close.

Adverse weather across the region has seen both Irish Ferries and Stenaline cancel high-speed sea crossings.

In Carmarthenshire, motorists using the A4069 Brynaman Mountain Road are urged to approach with care due to hazardous driving conditions.

Routes around Llandeiniolen near Llanberis were "hazardous" and high winds led to speed restrictions on the M4 Kenfig viaduct between junctions 37 and 38 and the M48 Severn Bridge.

Newquay harbour
Newquay harbour may have avoided snow but could not escape the water

The Met Office said there was a "moderate risk" of severe weather for Wednesday affecting higher parts of Conwy, Denbighshire and Gywnedd, with 5cm -10cm (1.9in - 3.9in) of snow falling above 300m (984ft) and a risk of drifting snow in high winds.

Gwaun Gynfu school, Deiniolen and Carmel Primary School, near Caernarfon, Gwynedd have closed due to the adverse weather.

Two roads in Denbighshire are closed, the A543 between Brenig and Bylchau, and the A542 Horseshoe Pass.

Denbighshire council said gritting teams had been deployed to deal with snowfall.

Snow has also been reported in upland areas above Wrexham - Coedpoeth, Bwlchgwyn, Llandegla.

Forecasters are warning that parts of the Brecon Beacons and other high areas are also likely to be affected.

Areas around the heads of the valleys woke up to a dusting of snow, causing delays on roads.


I had forgot how much the wind and rain cuts into your skin.

Today is not a day to play out in but to keep warm inside.

Funny spring weather.
mel , bodelwyddan, denbighshire

I hope my fence will stay up in this wind. It was flapping like a flapping thing during the night. I don't want to spend another Easter weekend fixing it. Ba'h.
M.H., Llanfair DC

Gale force wind and blizzard conditions here at 10.26am 31/3/10 Main road seems ok but driving conditions poor from snow build up on windscreens,temperature is above freezing 0.6 deg c but the wind chill factor makes it feel like minus 5deg c.mains power is going on and off due to snow building up on the overhead power lines
keith, Llanfihangel noth east Wales

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