Wales snow: Disruption as snow falls for fifth day

One of the closed schools in Caerphilly
Image caption One of the closed schools in Caerphilly

Nearly 500 schools have closed and traffic is being disrupted as Wales sees a fifth day of snow.

Most closures are in the south east with Caerphilly, Torfaen, Merthyr, Blaenau Gwent and Cardiff worst hit.

There are speed restrictions on parts of the M4 and traffic is backed up on many main roads in south Wales.

A yellow weather warning remains in place for much of the country with the continuing risk of intermittent snow showers.

Councils are advising parents to check their websites for details of school closures in their areas.

Snow has fallen across southern eastern areas of Wales, including the valleys.

Areas seeing fresh snow include Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Abergavenny, Pontypridd, Crickhowell, Aberdare and Chepstow.

Up to 16cm (6in) of snow fell at Sennybridge, Powys, shortly after it began snowing at around 04:00 GMT.

Traffic Wales reports most major trunk roads are passable with care although there are hazardous driving conditions on the A470 between the M4 at junction 32, the Coryton Interchange at Cardiff, and Merthyr Tydfil.

The A48 Cowbridge bypass has been closed in both directions with hazardous driving conditions due to snow between Darren Hill and Primrose Hill.

Arriva Trains Wales said its Cardiff and Valley lines are liable to disruption at short notice.

Bus firm Stagecoach said a number of its services are facing disruption in Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent.

Cardiff Bus has announced changes to some of its services but said it was running its timetable as normally as possible even though it was facing heavy snowfall in some places.

Image caption Grit pretender - an Elvis impersonator gives a winter safety message in a Torfaen council video

Local authorities have said they are working hard to keep important routes open.

Torfaen council has enlisted the help of an Elvis impersonator to make a comical video highlighting the work of its gritting teams to the tune of In The Ghetto. This version is called In The Depot.

Croesyceiliog football club was forced to cancel an evening with Wales manager Chris Coleman due to the travelling conditions.

The Met Office say a second band of snow showers may work its way into Wales from south west England later bringing renewed heavy but intermittent snowfall.

Northern and western parts of Wales can expect to escape more snow on Tuesday, seeing only rain and possibly brighter skies.

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Media captionWeather presenter Behnaz Akhgar says ice is the main problem for most

On Monday, a total of around 120 schools were closed in more than half of the country's counties with the south Wales valleys worst affected.

In Caerphilly county, a bus carrying Abercarn Primary School pupils went off Llanfach Road, which was covered in slush and snow.

Nobody was seriously injured but three children had minor injuries and were treated by a local GP.

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