Snow disruption continues

Snow is continuing to cause disruption on rural roads and preventing local authority services from being provided.

Snowdon Mountain Railway to remain closed for Easter due to snow

Workers clearing snow from the Snowdonia Railway
Workers clearing snow from the Snowdon Mountain Railway Credit: ITV News Wales / Ian Lang

Workers at the Snowdon Mountain Railway are continuing to try and clear the track of snow. Services have been unable to reach the top Snowdon with snow remaining up to thirty feet deep in places.

They had hoped to reopen the line ahead of what would normally be a busy Easter weekend, but now say they hope services will resume sometime afterwards.

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Wrexham appeal for help to clear snow from pitch

Racecourse pitch under snow
Wrexham have appealed for fans to help clear the pitch of snow Credit: Wrexham FC

Wrexham FC have appealed to fans on twitter to help clear the pitch of snow. In the post on their official account they called for supporters to help clear the Racecourse ground on Friday and Sunday ahead of their game with Macclesfield Town on Monday.

The club says that "work has been ongoing to clear the white stuff out of the side stands to make them safe for supporters, but the playing surface will be our main task, as it needs to be done manually."

They have asked for people to arrive after 8am on Friday and asked "to bring along at least a spade with you – while any additional wheelbarrows will also come in very handy."

Easter travellers warned not go 'in search of thrills'

Snow in Mold
Many minor roads are still closed in north Wales Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

North Wales Police are warning people ahead of the Easter weekend to ensure they 'take sensible precautions' and not to go on off-road trails 'in search of thrills.'

They say they are concerned that people travelling to the area for the break should be prepared for the weather conditions.

Chief Inspector David Roome from the North Wales Police says “We don’t expect conditions to improve for several days so we want to advise people to plan their route properly, allow plenty of time for journeys and to make sure they are well equipped.”

Most of the main routes are now clear, but minor roads including the Horseshoe Pass and the A543 over the Denbigh Moors remain closed.

The battle to clear roads continues

Drifts are reforming in some areas because of the wind. Credit: Denbighshire County Council

Denbighshire County Council says work to clear the snow continues and progress is now being made on the smaller roads. But many are blocked from hedge to hedge.

Drifts are several feet high. Credit: Denbighshire County Council

The council says the operation will continue into the Easter weekend.

Winter driving checklist

The AA has issued a checklist to help motorists ensure their car is safe before driving in the snow.

  • *Antifreeze *- check the antifreeze level before you set off
  • *Fuel *- check your fuel level and make sur you have enough for any unexpected delays
  • Tyres - should have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring

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Advice for driving in snowy conditions

Motorists are being urged to take care while travelling in the snow this weekend.

The AA has issued some advice for drivers:

  • Plan routes to favour major roads which are more likely to have been cleared and gritted.
  • Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving. Cumbersome, snow-covered boots will slip on the pedals.
  • Pull away in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin.
  • If you have to use brakes then apply them gently. Release the brakes and de-clutch if the car skids.

Further warnings of snow for North Wales

Spring flowers surrounded by snow on a roundabout in Ruthin Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for snow in the North and North East of Wales today.

According to the Met Office website areas on higher ground could expect snowfall of up to 20 - 40cm.

Motorists are being urged to take care on the roads, and prepare for potential disruption.

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