Heavy snow brings road and rail delays in north Wales

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Heavy snow has fallen across north Wales, closing more than 100 schools and bringing road and rail delays.

A band of snow swept west to east across the country and but has since moved into the English midlands.

Two mountain passes have been closed while the A458 at Welshpool, Powys, is said to be hazardous.

Meanwhile, police said a man is critical in hospital after he was hit by falling guttering in Caerphilly.

Gwynedd, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham had heavy snow overnight, with up to 10 ins (25cms) on higher ground.

North Wales Police had advised drivers to take care and have given a warning of caution needed for drivers on the A55, a main route across north Wales.

The A470 Crimea Pass between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Dolwyddelan and Pen-Y-Pass mountain pass in Gwynedd are closed.

The Arriva Trains Wales service between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Llandudno Junction reopened on Wednesday after being suspended on Tuesday.

Services between Cardiff and Manchester Piccadilly and Holyhead and Manchester via Chester have delays as do Swansea to Shrewsbury services on the Heart of Wales line.

A herd of bison walk across a field on the Rhug estate in Corwen, Denbighshire A herd of bison walk across a field on the Rhug estate in Corwen, Denbighshire

The 1114 GMT and 1314 GMT Cardiff Central to Swansea services are cancelled as are the 1110 GMT, 1510 GMT and 1710 GMT Swansea to Cardiff Central services.

An amended timetable is also running on Cardiff and Valleys local lines.

Royal Mail has changed its plans to service villages in two Gwynedd postcodes, LL55 and LL54, with vehicles outside post offices between 1000 GMT and 1400 GMT. Deliveries will now be as normal.

On the final day of term, more than 100 schools are closed in Powys, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Conwy.

Holyhead coastguard said its crews were taking 10 nurses who live on Anglesey to Ysbyty Gwynedd on Wednesday.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are advising people to take extra care when using heaters to prevent pipes in sheds and other outbuildings from bursting in the current freezing temperatures.

Council salt stocks

  • Anglesey - 700 tonnes
  • Cardiff - 300 tonnes
  • Conwy - 4,500 tonnes
  • Gwynedd - 6 days' supply

Crews were called to incidents on Anglesey where a blower heater and bar heater being used to stop pipes freezing resulted in the outbuildings, caught fire.

In south Wales, Gwent Police said a 50-year-old from Treharris, Merthyr Tydfil, is critically ill in hospital after he was injured by falling guttering believed to have been caused by heavy snow.

The incident happened in Cardiff Road, Caerphilly, at about 1700 GMT on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) says, in all, Wales only has 12,000 tonnes in reserve with four or five days of grit left before more supplies were due to arrive.

Anglesey council has warned it has just 20% of its grit stock left, down to 700 tonnes from 3,800 tonnes in October.

Conwy had 10,500 tonnes of grit before the start of the winter season but that now stands at 4,500 tonnes, including an extra 130 tonnes which was delivered on Tuesday.

Grit

Gwynedd council said it had six days of supplies left - or two days if it had further snowy conditions. A lorry-load arrived at the county's depot at Caernarfon on Wednesday afternoon.

WLGA bosses want Welsh ministers to ask the UK Government to release some of the 150,000 tonnes of grit English councils have in reserve.

An assembly spokesperson said they were in close contact with the WLGA and the UK government's Department of Transport to review the distribution of salt and "ensure that Wales receives adequate supplies".

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