The heavy snow that has fallen in north east Wales recently was probably the worst snow in late March for at least 30 years.

Geraint Edwards who runs a weather recording station in Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog near Llangollen reckons there was over two feet of level snow in the village with drifts over 10 feet deep.

On the Berwyn Mountains the snow was whipped up by strong winds into huge drifts over 20 feet high!

Snow in March or April is not uncommon but the sheer amount of snow that has fallen in north east Wales is extreme for this time of year.

Last year March was one of the warmest on record in Wales but this year March is likely to be one of the coldest on record.

On the 24th March 2012, the temperature in Porthmadog in Gwynedd soared to 22 Celsius, 72 Fahrenheit with southerly winds but the highest yesterday was only 3 Celsius in Pembrey, 37 Fahrenheit with easterly winds.

The cold weather looks set to stay with us for the rest of this week but apart from the odd snow flurry it will be dry.

On high ground, lying snow will continue to drift in the wind and with the temperature falling below freezing overnight, any snow that has melted during the day will refreeze with a risk of ice.

Penetrating frosts are likely too but a visible hoar frost is unlikely given that the air is very dry.

The latest forecast for Easter weekend is mostly dry and cold but with lighter winds some low overnight temperatures are likely where there is snow on the ground and sharp frosts.

There is a risk of rain, sleet and snow in the south and south west but the risk of this is now lower that it was.

Mind you, things could change so keep an eye on the forecast.

It looks like April will start off cold too but probably not as cold as it is now.

Derek

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