Weather warn­ings con­tinue af­ter snow hits parts of Wales

South Wales Echo - - NEWS - KATIE SANDS Re­porter katie.sands@waleson­line.co.uk

WEATHER warn­ings were set to con­tinue to­day af­ter snow fell across parts of South Wales yes­ter­day.

The moun­tains of the Bre­con Beacons were among the places hit by the win­ter weather, with snow also fall­ing in the Val­leys ar­eas.

Mean­while Cardiff man­aged miss the worst of the snow­fall.

Those want­ing to make the most of the win­try weather could be seen walk­ing at the Storey Arms, near Pen y Fan, at­tempt­ing to sledge, build­ing snow­men or tak­ing young­sters out­side so they could ex­pe­ri­ence their first mem­o­ries of snow.

But yes­ter­day also saw emer­gency ser­vices warn of poor driv­ing con­di­tions and Pub­lic Health Wales has to pre­vi­ously is­sued ad­vice to avoid feel­ing the im­pact of cold weather.

To­day, a yel­low “be aware” warn­ing for snow and ice was in place af­ter be­ing is­sued by the Met Of­fice yes­ter­day.

Valid from 12.05am to­day un­til 11.55pm tonight, the Met Of­fice warns that show­ers of snow, sleet and hail will con­tinue, par­tic­u­larly through the first part of to­day.

The weather warn­ing cov­ered the ma­jor­ity of Wales, in­clud­ing Cardiff, Caer­philly, Vale of Glam­or­gan, Merthyr Tyd­fil, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Brid­gend, while ex­clud­ing some parts of South-East and Mid Wales.

Be­tween 2-4cm of snow may af­fect some low-ly­ing ar­eas while higher ground could see be­tween 5-10cm of snow. Res­i­dents are also warned that ice is likely to af­fect un­treated sur­faces.

A com­bi­na­tion of snow and ice may lead to the risk of dis­rup­tion, dif­fi­cult driv­ing con­di­tions and longer jour­ney times.

The Met Of­fice’s chief fore­caster said: “A cold north to north­west­erly airstream will keep the risk of win­try weather go­ing through Fri­day. How­ever, amounts of snow are likely to be very vari­able with some places miss­ing it al­to­gether.”

South Wales Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice yes­ter­day warned of poor driv­ing con­di­tions and ad­vised mo­torists to take care and leave plenty of time for their jour­ney, while South Wales Po­lice’s roads team ad­vised mo­torists to be care­ful if they needed to travel in the cur­rent weather con­di­tions.

It comes as other parts of the UK were bat­tered by strong winds and snow which caused travel dis­rup­tion, school clo­sures and can­celled flights at air­ports in­clud­ing Heathrow.

MATT CARDY

Peo­ple at­tempted to sledge in the snow at Pen y Fan

A grit­ting and snow plough lorry drives near Pen y Fan yes­ter­day

Robert Trigg took this photo of snow in Tre­herbert

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