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Friday, March 22, 2013

Latest weather update:

Update at 1.46pm
* A diesel day event planned for Llangollen Railway tomorrow (Saturday) has been cancelled due to the snow, according to railway spokesman George Jones. 
He said: "For once the snow has beaten even the heritage railway, but we have to be aware of the difficulties our staff and would-be passengers might face in getting to Llangollen and other stations on the Dee Valley line."

* 12.40pm: Bread van stuck on Co-op car park. ‏@leaderlive 17m        

Patients traveling to Wrexham Maelor Hospital: all outpatient appointments have been cancelled due to difficulties with transport.


Latest situation report from Denbighshire County Council ...

At 10.30am the press office said:

Arriva is operating normally from Rhyl west along the coast and south to Denbigh. The service 11 group from Rhyl and Prestatyn towards Holywell, Flint and Chester is currently terminating at Greenfield only.

GHA is operating normally between Ruthin, Denbigh and Rhyl only.

Other GHA services from Ruthin and Denbigh are NOT operating. This includes buses between Ruthin and Mold, Ruthin and Denbigh and Ruthin and Corwen. Buses are not operating between Denbigh and Mold.

I have no up-to-date information on the services along the A5 (X94, 5). My understanding is that neither of these services are operating. If they are running, expect considerable delays on the A5.

As expected the snow moved in last night with strong winds and severe
drifting. There are reports of up to 25 cms of level snow in some parts of
the county with deep drifts in many places.

Crews have been out all night and will continue throughout the day. One of the main problems is fallen
trees and the Council arranged for contractors  to be out since 4 am trying to clear these.
Additional contractors have now also been deployed.

In terms of road closures the list is as follows:-

A5 is still blocked by fallen trees between Llangollen and Corwen
A5104 between Llandegla and Corwen
A542 Horseshoe Pass.
Gwaenysgor Hill, Prestatyn
Fforddlas, Prestatyn - due to a fallen electricity pole.

Many minor roads are impassable but the Council has deployed the agricultural
contractors to clear these.

At the moment the crews in the south are concentrating on keeping the A
roads open as conditions are particularly difficult on the A494 at the
Clwyd Gate and along the A525 between Ruthin and Wrexham. Crews in the
north are working on Rhuallt hill on the A55 and in the Tremeirchion area
where conditions are again relatively bad.

Public Realm operatives are working to clear snow in Ruthin and Llangollen
town centres.

The public should take every care this morning as the drifting nature of the snow.  It is also very wet snow so it is bringing down a lot
of trees with it which are an added hazard.

Llangollen Library is closed due to the weather.

A number of Denbighshire schools are closed due to heavy snow affecting the region.
The schools closed are: 
Ysgol Dyffryn Ial, Bryneglwys and Llandegla sites
Ysgol Bro Fammau, Llanarmon yn Ial site
Ysgol Bryn Collen, Llangollen
Ysgol Caer Drewyn, Corwen
Ysgol Clocaenog
Ysgol Cyffylliog
Ysgol Gymraeg y Gwernant, Llangollen
Ysgol Pant Pastynog, Prion
Ysgol Pendref, Denbigh
Ysgol Pentrecelyn
Ysgol Rhewl
Ysgol Tremeirchion
St Brigid's School, Denbigh
Plas Cefndy, Rhyl
Project 10 and 11
Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen
Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn- secondary site.
Ysgol Carrog
Ysgol y Llys
Ysgol Bro Elwern
Ysgol Betws GG
Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch, Llanrhaeadr
Ysgol Llanfair DC
The Council is urging people to be extremely cautious on the county's roads and to continue monitoring weather and news bulletins for the latest information on the weather situation. Further heavy snow is forecast during the day.



Leaderlive are tweeting like mad on the weather.

Follow them at 7m 
A lorry has gone over on the Wrexham by pass,huge traffic jams. cars abandoned on B&Q roundabout due to snow



Arriva Buses Wales ‏@arrivabuswales 25m




Roads affected

  • A470: Blocked - snow, Mallwyd, Gwynedd.
  • A5: Closed - snow and fallen tree, Corwen, Denbighshire; partially blocked - fallen tree, Froncysyllte, Wrexham
  • A525: Closed - snow, Nant-y-Garth Pass, Llandegla, Denbighshire
  • A542: Closed - snow, Horseshoe Pass, Denbighshire
  • A4061: Hazardous driving - snow Rhigos mountain road, Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • A55: Strong winds, Gwynedd; hazardous driving - snow, Conwy.

Source: police and Trunk Road Agency

GHA coaches said it was unable to operate its services in Wrexham and Denbighshire due to the weather.

There are currently 59 school(s) closed or partially closed within Wrexham County Borough.

These include Acrefair CP School

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