Sub-zero temperatures put off tourists

Tourism leaders are warning that a cold Easter will deter holidaymakers from visiting Wales. It follows days of disruption due to snow and freezing conditions, with the North East hardest hit.

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Another bitterly cold night and there's no end in sight

by James Wright

It's been another bitterly cold day today and there's no end in sight. High pressure to the north means there will only be a few snow flurries but it will continue to drag very cold air in across the UK.

Overnight clear spells allow temperatures to drop to around -2C making it rather icy everywhere. A few snow flurries will continue but not causing too many problems.

Wednesday is very much a repeat of Tuesday. Cold, mainly cloudy and a few snow flurries. Temperatures too will be similar.

Some brightness early on across central and southern parts may be short lived.

We hold on to the easterly winds which will keep the weather feeling very cold over the the next few days.

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Most roads in north Wales now 'passable'

North Wales Police say that most roads in the area are now passable, but some of the estates in Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire remain impassable as do the roads to the remote rural properties.

Chief Inspector Dave Roome of North Wales Police has asked people to 'consider their neighbours' during the cold spell.

There are some isolated pockets and we are advising people to plan ahead given the forecast. People should conserve food and look at energy supplies, we would ask people to make an assessment of their vulnerability and preparedness due to the uncertainty of the weather.

– Alistair Read, North Wales Mountain Rescue Association

Cold snap to continue into the weekend

by James Wright
Snow around Llangollen
Snow around Llangollen where several inches of snow fell over the weekend Credit: Viewer picture / Alison Hornby

The cold snap continues with the risk of a few more snow flurries from time to time and this pattern of weather is set to continue into the weekend.

This afternoon sees a few snow flurries across the north east of Wales spreading further south in to the midlands. There are some brighter breaks dotted around and these will continue.

It will be cold everywhere with highs of just 4C but add in a brisk breeze and it will feel even colder, more like minus 2-4C.

Overnight clear spells allow temperatures to drop to around -2C making it rather icy everywhere. A few snow flurries will continue but not causing too many problems.

Wednesday is very much a repeat of Tuesday. Cold, mainly cloudy and a few snow flurries. Temperatures too will be similar. Some brightness early on across central and southern parts may be short lived.

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Roads closed because of snow

  • A4086 between Llanberis and Nant Peris.
  • A542 Horseshoe Pass between Llandegla and Llangollen.
  • B4355 between Dolfor and Knighton.
  • B4391 between Llandderfel and Bala.
  • B4407 between A5 and B4391.
  • B4501 between Cerrigydrudion and the Sportsman's Arms, Bylchau.
  • B4518 between Llanidloes and Llanbrynmair.
  • B4520 between Builth Wells and Upper Chapel.
  • B5384 between Llansannan and Gwytherin.
  • B5436 between Carrog and Bryneglwys.

Farmers lead fight against freezing conditions

This report contains RAF pictures

Tens of thousands of people across North East Wales have spent another difficult day dealing with extreme weather.

While many town centres and main roads are now passable with care, many rural communities are still struggling to cope with thick drifts of snow that is now freezing where it fell.

For sheep farmers who are currently trying to come through lambing, deep snow has brought particular challenges, as our North Wales Reporter Ian Lang has been finding out.

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