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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.


Weather warning: update

The warning's valid until 11.00am. Credit: Antony Stone/PA Archive/PA Images

The Met Office has updated its yellow 'be aware' warning of wintry weather.

It says a cluster of heavy sleet, snow and hail showers will move eastwards across parts of Wales this morning. These will lead to accumulations of 2-5 cm in places, chiefly on ground above about 100 m, with perhaps 5-10 cm above 250 m.

It says we should be aware of the potential for difficult driving conditions.

Weather warnings of snow, hail and ice

The warnings are in force until noon tomorrow. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/PA Images

The Met Office has issued yellow 'be aware' warnings of snow, hail and ice for much of Wales.

It says showers of hail, sleet and snow on Tuesday evening and overnight are likely to leave a covering of snow of 3 - 6 cm in places, especially on ground over 100 m but also locally to lower levels too.

Icy patches will also form on untreated surfaces.

It says the public should be aware of the risk of tricky driving conditions.

Snow hit farmers invited to meet with minister

Welsh Government is seeking urgent agreement from the EU to bring forward payments to help farmers with cash-flow problems.

Wales' Minister for Natural Resources, Alun Davies, is inviting people who have been badly affected by the recent severe weather to speak to him at a public meeting in Bala.

Mr Davies says he is keen to hear farmers' ideas on how government and individual farming businesses might work together in future to mitigate the problems experienced.

The meeting is at Ysgol y Berwyn in Bala on Thursday 9th May.

The Welsh government says representatives of Farming Connect, the Farm Liaison Service and farming charities will be present to talk to farmers about the support they are able to offer.

Farm animal burial law relaxed for 'final' week

Farmers in Wales will be given a 'further and final' week to bury dead animal recovered on their land.

The further announcement by the Welsh Government is aimed at helping farmers recover from the impact of the recent severe weather.

As a result of close working between Welsh Government and partner bodies such as the Department for Transport and the National Fallen Stock Company we have been able to agree some key changes that will allow the backlog in fallen stock collection to be cleared as quickly as possible.

– Alun Davies, Minister for Natural Resources and Food

The minister says it will also hold a meeting with banks this week to brief them on the recent difficulties and to discuss what they can do to support their clients.


Conwy Valley farmer tells his story of the snow's aftermath

When the snow hit large swathes of North Wales a month ago, ITV News brought you the story of how many farmers were struggling to rescue their livestock. It was a gruelling task.

Gareth Wyn Jones was one of those farmers who we featured desperately trying to save his sheep often with no success. For the last week, he's kept a video diary.

Burial laws relaxed for another week 'following advice from vets'

The Natural Resources Minister says that following advice from vets and the Met Office it has become clear that "the current derogation for on-farm burial is still necessary for the time being."

But Alun Davies says "geographical coverage must remain closely targeted on the areas worst affected."

My officials are continuously gathering evidence from the ground, and I am reviewing the situation on a daily basis.

It is important that we understand the specific locational impacts of the snow, so that we can respond as necessary with focussed practical support for those farm holdings in most need.

We are ready to work with the farming unions on welcome initiatives such as fodder banks and fodder distribution networks.

– Alun Davies AM, Natural Resources Minister

Relaxation of farm burial laws extended

Farmers in north Wales have been affected by last month's heavy snow Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The relaxation of laws that prevent farmers burying their livestock on their own land is to be extended for a further week.

The Welsh Government announced last week that the EU regulations would be suspended for seven days, coming to an end this evening.

The extension means that the 'deragation' will last until 16th April.

Farmers called for the change to help them deal with the deaths of hundreds of lambs and ponies following heavy snow in north and mid Wales.

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