Shropshire flood warnings issued after snow

Snow in Newcastle-on-Clun Polly Smith said about two inches of snow had fallen overnight around her home, outside Newcastle-on-Clun
Snow in Newcastle-on-Clun Only half a dozen homes on higher ground were affected
Snow in Newcastle-on-Clun Villagers in Newcastle-on-Clun itself were not affected by the snowfall
Snow in Newcastle-on-Clun Mrs Smith described the early morning snow as a shock, but said it was already starting to melt

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Snow and flooding have hit parts of Shropshire.

One resident near Newcastle-on-Clun said she had been "shocked" to wake up to about 2in (5cm) of snow in her garden.

"We've been here 28 years and it is the first time we've had snow in May," Polly Smith said.

The snow is believed to be very localised, with less than half a dozen homes affected, mainly on higher ground.

Mrs Smith lives more than 1,300 ft (400m) above sea level, near Clun Forest.

Snow largely melted

About four miles away, in Newcastle-on-Clun itself, there has been almost no snow.

Weather forecaster Philip Avery

It's unusual but not unheard of to have snow in May.

If you go back to 1955, 17 May, snow fell widely across England and Wales.

In May 1968 snow fell as far south as the Midlands.

Snow again was confined to the higher ground in 1979, 1981 and 1982 in May.

May 1993 saw several centimetres in central Britain on higher ground.

We have had instances of snow falling as late as June, such as 1975, and there was a sleet shower reported at Birmingham Airport in June 1985.

The village primary school said it had not been affected at all, while other villagers said what little snow had fallen overnight had largely melted.

Shropshire landscape covered in snow in the middle of May

People around the River Vyrnwy in Maesbrook and Melverley were warned to prepare for flooding after heavy rain fell overnight.

Drivers' warning

Dave Throup, from the Environment Agency, said a rain gauge near Oswestry had recorded three inches (7.6 cm) of rain and was continuing to rise.

Since the Vyrnwy peaked in the afternoon, two flood warnings have been downgraded by the agency.

Earlier floods also affected several roads around north Shropshire as drivers were warned to take care.

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