Snow, torrential rain and flash flooding – welcome to May in Shropshire.
People living on high land in the county said snow started to fall last night – while a few miles away there was not a flake.
Mike Steedman, owner of the Anchor Inn in the hills above Newcastle-on-Clun, near Clun said: “It started at about 11pm and it came in wet and heavy.
“It’s beginning to go now, but it had settled to about two inches. No sign of penguins or polar bears here yet though!
“We’re about 1,300ft up in the hills on the border, so it’s not the same weather as down in Newcastle-on-Clun.”
Elsewhere in the county a number of roads were closed due to flash flooding and the River Vrynwy at Melverley and Maesbrook, near Oswestry, were on flood warning. Levels there were expected to peak this evening.
In Shrewsbury, the B5067 Berwick Road was flooded near the turning for Gravel Hill Lane.
While in Albrighton flooding caused problems on the Newport Road between Sandy Lane and the A41 Albrighton Bypass, under the railway bridge.
Motorists were held up on the A5 at West Felton after surface water flooded part of the road between the B5009 junction and Mile End Roundabout.
Calum MacColl, forecaster at the Met Office, said: “From 6pm last night until 6am this morning gauges show between 21 and 27mm of rain in parts of Shropshire. It was certainly a wet night.
“This system is moving out into the North Sea and it opens the door for a more showery regime. It will be better in terms of sunshine but there will be localised showers too and some of those could be on the heavy side.”
Nationally winds of up to 65mph battered coastlines resulting in trees blown down in what was “fairly unusual” weather for May. The southern coast was hit hardest with Devon and Cornwall Police reporting slates coming off roofs and trees blocking roads.
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