Wales weather: 3,000 without power after more snow

Two spring lambs shelter from the snow alongside their mother in a field in Northop, North Wales Two spring lambs shelter from the snow by their mother in a field in Northop

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More than 3,000 homes in north Wales are without power following another night of snow.

Scottish Power say they believe a tree has fallen onto power lines in the Llangollen area affecting customers there and in the Dee Valley.

On Friday about 600 customers were without power after a separate problem.

Further snow has fallen across the country overnight, following Friday's widespread disruption which hit roads, rail and schools.

A band of snow has moved southwards during the night with heavy snow falling in Powys and some in the Gwent Valleys.

Emergency services warning that many roads are treacherous and people are being warned to travel only if necessary. North Wales Police who were called out to help stranded motorists in some cases found themselves in difficulties coping with the conditions.

Forecasters say the weather should turn much colder, bringing the risk of ice.

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Turning much colder overnight, a widespread frost is likely and ice could also cause a few problems”

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BBC Wales weather presenter Sue Charles said: "We've had some very disruptive weather over the last 24 hours.

"There has been fresh snowfall across north east Wales overnight, and that band slipped south eastwards into Powys and the Valleys.

"The Met Office has downgraded its warning for north east Wales to yellow.

SNOW PROBLEM FOR VILLAGERS

In Llanferres, near Mold, villagers have banded together to clear the parish church of St Berres for a wedding later.

Snow has been falling there since Thursday, and it is up to 3ft (90cms) deep in places and drifting.

Villagers, including the parish priest, the Reverend Adrian Copping, have been joined by wedding guests and even the bride's brother to ensure the special day goes as planned from 12:00 GMT.

The vicar's wife, Diane Copping, said her husband emailed villagers earlier on Saturday appealing for help.

"A local couple are getting married and we have got the bride's brother and a few of his friends helping to clear pathways," she said.

"My husband emailed villagers this morning and soon afterwards a few arrived with shovels. There's a great community spirit."

Mrs Copping said the village was without power on Friday, so checks on the church sound system had to be delayed.

"We get a bit more snow here than they do in Mold because we're a bit higher up," she added.

"But we're confident the wedding will go ahead as planned."

Meanwhile, in snowy Llanfairfechan, Conwy, gritting and snow plough lorry driver Nigel Parry is marrying Yvonne Leggett, who works for the supermarket Iceland.

Mr Parry said around 10 cms of snow had fallen in the area, and there was no way his wedding was being cancelled.

"I did think of pulling in a few favours this morning when I saw the snow, but the roads are clear in the area now," joked Mr Parry, who has worked as a gritting driver for Conwy council for four years.

The pair, who have been together for 21 years, tie the knot at the Split Willow Hotel in Llanfairfechan at 14:30 GMT.

"The snow will gradually ease through the day, but with 10-20 cm of lying snow at lower levels - the heaviest in Wrexham and Flintshire - mixed with some very strong winds - drifting likely - and still causing disruption.

"Turning much colder overnight, a widespread frost is likely and ice could also cause a few problems."

Snow flurries

Ms Charles said it would be drier on Sunday with just a few snow flurries possible in the east, but it would be much colder with highs of between 1 and 3C.

It will stay cold next week, she added, but largely dry and temperatures will begin to return to normal over the Easter weekend.

About 600 customers - mainly in the Dee Valley - were left without power for a time on Friday with the Dee Valley the worst affected area and rail travel on the North Wales Coast line was disrupted.

Scottish Power said most of those customers had now had services restored.

The company said they are working with the local authorities to try to get access and their engineers are trying to fix the new problems affecting services.

More than 3,000 customers were affected, the company said.

Roads closed

On the roads, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said there had been a few traffic collisions on Friday night and early on Saturday.

The worse incident saw a person taken to hospital after a two-vehicle crash on the A458 between Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion, Powys, at about 01:20 GMT.

In Gwynedd, a number of roads are closed due to the snow.

A snowy Rowen in the Conwy Valley on Saturday morning A snowy Rowen in the Conwy Valley on Saturday morning

They include the A4212 Trawsfynydd to Bala, the B4391 Lon y Berwyn at Llandderfel, Lon y Mignant, Blaenau Ffestiniog, to the A4212, the A5 Bethesda to Llyn Ogwen and the A4086 Nant Peris to Pen-y-Pas.

Gwent Police said there had been a few road collisions on Saturday but none were serious. Monmouthshire appeared to be the county worse hit by snow, it said.

Flintshire council said its street scene teams had been working around the clock since Thursday evening with 13 gritters and 36 agricultural ploughs treating and clearing routes.

Priority routes are passable with care, but conditions remain difficult. Fallen trees have also caused additional problems on some roads.

The authority said there would be no collections of any type on Saturday, but it has asked for residents to leave their black bins out because collections could resume on Monday.

'Hampered'

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Teams of council staff have been working around the clock, working in atrocious conditions to try and keep the roads open in the south of the county, but the sheer amount of snow that has fallen, coupled with snow drifts, have hampered those efforts”

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Properties that did not receive a recycling collection on Friday or Saturday are being informed that collections will now take pace next Friday or Saturday.

Trade waste collections will resume on Monday and Tuesday.

Denbighshire council is urging people in the south of the county only to travel if absolutely necessary.

The A525 to Llandegla remains open, as does the A494 to Corwen and main A and B roads to the north of Ruthin.

However, many of the roads in the south are closed due to the severe wintry weather.

"Teams of council staff have been working around the clock, working in atrocious conditions to try and keep the roads open in the south of the county, but the sheer amount of snow that has fallen, coupled with snow drifts, have hampered those efforts," said a council spokesperson.

Over 200 schools closed on Friday, and there were several weather-related road crashes.

The snowfall is also expected to be the heaviest for the time of year in north east Wales since 1979.

Two flood alerts were in place in areas around the rivers of north west Wales, from Abergwyngregyn to Aberdaron as well as on the River Erch at Abererch in Gwynedd.

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