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Storm Jake set to bring snow, ice and 70mph winds

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Forecasters say ice, snow and 70mph winds are set to blight the Wednesday morning commute as Storm Jake sweeps in.

The Met Office has issued yellow 'be aware' warnings for snow and ice for much of north Wales with up to 5cm expected in many places, rising to 10cm on higher ground.

There is a yellow warning of wind covering south Wales as squally weather arrives from 8am, bringing widespread inland gusts of up to 50mph and coastal gales of 70mph.

The A55 Britannia Bridge and the A477 Cleddau Bridge were closed to high-sided vehicles. There's a 20mph speed limit on the former. One lane's closed on the M48 Severn Bridge in both directions and there's a 40 mph speed limit.

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'Be aware' warning of ice for most of Wales

The warning's valid until 0900. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Met Office has issued a 'be aware' warning of icy conditions for North, Mid and West Wales.

It says we should be aware of the risk of some difficult driving conditions, and some low level travel disruption.

The warning applies to

  • Ceredigion
  • Powys
  • Gwynedd
  • Conwy
  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Wrexham

Brrrr.... where was the coldest place in Wales overnight?

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The Met Office says Sennybridge in Powys was the coldest at a chilly -5.8C.

In Bala, Gwynedd, the temperature fell to -5.3C and at Usk to -5C.

South Wales Police published the following advice when driving in icy and snowy conditions.

  • It says you must be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows.
  • You must ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible
  • Keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads
  • Take care when overtaking vehicles spreading salt or other de-icer, particularly if you are riding a motorcycle or cycle

More severe weather warnings issued

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The Met Office has issued more 'be aware' warnings of rain and high winds for the whole of Wales.

It says a series of low pressure systems will bring mild and moist air to Wales along with strong winds.

This will lead to some large rainfall accumulations: 60 to 80 mm may fall fairly widely over the two days, and perhaps more than 120 mm over the highest ground.

Forecasters say Southwesterly winds will increase later on Monday morning, with gales extending eastwards across Wales .

Gusts of 50 mph are likely inland whilst gusts of 60 mph will affect some exposed coasts in the west and south.

There are 10 flood alerts in force.

'Severe' weather warning of rain

The warning runs until 0900 tomorrow. Credit: Martin Gerten/DPA/PA Images

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning of heavy rain for much of Wales starting this morning at 0800.

It says some localised flooding is possible from fast responding water courses and standing water. Travel could be disrupted.

The areas affected are:

  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Bridgend
  • Caerphilly
  • Cardiff
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Monmouthshire
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Newport
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Powys
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Swansea
  • Torfaen
  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • Wrexham

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Severe weather warning for the whole of Wales

The Met Office says hail is possible tonight. Credit: Michael Reichel/DPA/PA Images

The Met Office says isolated heavy, and possibly severe, thunderstorms are expected to develop on Friday evening across parts of Wales.

It says some torrential downpours are possible leading to localised surface water flooding.

Hailstorms and frequent lightning are also possible hazards.

It says the public should be aware that there is a chance of some very localised significant disruption.

The yellow 'be aware' warning is in force from 7pm to midnight.

Yellow warning for snow and ice over weekend

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning for snow and ice across much of Wales for the weekend.

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The warning has been extended from Friday where there was snowfall in north and mid Wales causing travel disruption and hazardous driving conditions.

Snow showers are also expected on Sunday.

The Met Office said there's the potential for disruption throughout this period due to the accumulating snow and ice but also with temporary blizzard conditions leading to very difficult driving conditions.

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