From the archive: The snow storm of 1982
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Archive: The 1982 snow storm that covered Wales

On 8 January 1982, most of Wales was in the grip of one of the worst blizzards of the 20th Century.

The snow started falling on the evening of 7 January and did not stop for 36 hours.

Deep drifts of powder - sometimes up to 6m (19ft) high - caused schools to be closed for up to two weeks, and many remote towns and villages in mid and south Wales were cut off.

The M4 was brought to a standstill while the roof of Sophia Gardens pavilion in Cardiff collapsed under the sheer weight of snow.

Temperatures in Wales were believed to be lower than -20C (-4F).

  • 08 Jan 2018
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