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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Family airlifted from farm for baby's safety

RAF pictures - This video shows the search and rescue helicopter arriving at the farm yesterday

Ben Massam spoke to us by phone from his home on a farm at Bryneglwys in Denbighshire, where he remains after the rest of his family were airlifted yesterday.

He said it was a precaution to keep their 16-month-old boy safe, and the others are now all safe and well at his brother-in-law's home.

They had been without power, and burned some old furniture to keep warm.

Ben stayed behind to look after two elderly dogs.

He described the current situation: "you can walk over the washing line, there's that much snow."


Flintshire: Heaviest local snowfall for 30 years

Flintshire County Council says the last few days have seen the heaviest local snowfall for 30 years.

It says it is prioritising snow clearance for critical health cases, on the advice of the health board and ambulance service.

  • All waste and recycling collections have been suspended and are unlikely to take place this week
  • There is significant disruption on the A5104 between Pontblyddyn and Rhydtalog because of fallen trees
  • All outdoor sports facilities are closed, and leisure centres and libraries are also affected

Rescue team struggle to reach stranded car in blizzard

Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team has released this video, showing the treacherous conditions crews faced when trying to reach an elderly couple stranded in their car on the B4391 Berwyn Mountain Road, near Bala in Gwynedd, on Friday.

Both of the team's 4x4 ambulances struggled to progress through what they described as four-foot snowdrifts in the road, and 80mph winds causing spindrifts and whiteout conditions.

The ambulances both became stranded several times, and it was decided the couple should stay in their car overnight, as they had plenty of supplies.

They were escorted down by Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team the next morning.

Latest travel disruption in Denbighshire

Denbighshire County Council says efforts to clear snow and fallen trees are continuing today, with a great deal of disruption on the roads.

  • The A5 is still closed between Corwen and Llangollen - crews are trying to remove a number of fallen trees, and are concerned about the safety of other trees covered in snow
  • It's hoped the Horseshoe Pass will be cleared today
  • B5430 Nant y Garth is passable with care
  • A5104 is open but continuing to widen the carriageway
  • B5437 Carrog to Corwen - is open but not from Carrog to Bryneglwys
  • A543 Denbigh Moors is still closed
  • B4501 Denbigh to Cerrigydrudion is still closed
  • Travellers Inn to Tremeirchion off the A55 is still closed
  • Many smaller routes remain impassable

Bus routes are also still being affected.

The council is advising anyone with problems to contact Denbighshire Customer Services on 01824 706100 (Welsh line) or 01824 706101 (English).


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