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It's not over yet - more sleet and snow on the way for Shropshire

By Lisa O'Brien | News | Published: | Last Updated:

Further disruption is expected as snow returns to Shropshire on Thursday - while one flood alert remains in place for the county.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for the area from 5-11am on Thursday and said that the up to 3cm was likely in some places across Shropshire and Mid Wales.

It warned that commuters could face problems, especially when travelling to higher points of the county.

Although lower areas may not see any snow at all, there is a risk of up to 5cm above 200 metres and 10cm on roads above 300 meters.

The area covered by the snow alert

The Met Office said: "An area of rain will arrive into southwestern parts of England and Wales later on Wednesday evening.

"This will move north-eastwards and turn increasingly to snow over the high ground of Wales, parts of the Midlands and into southern parts of northern England overnight and through Thursday morning, with some snow to lower levels later.

"Much of the lower ground will see little if any snow accumulating, but 1-3 cm is likely in some places, with 5cm above 200 metres and possibly 10cm on roads above 300 metres.

"There remains some uncertainty in the northward extent of the sleet and snow into Thursday morning, before it clears eastwards."

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Wednesday afternoon forecast - 07/03/18

Meanwhile, one flooding alert remained in place in the county.

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The Tern and Parry Catchments are subject to a flood alert.

At 8am today Walcot Gauge was 1.33 metres and falling slowly. A peak level of 1.36 metres happened early on Wednesday morning.

River levels rose on Tuesday due to heavy rainfall on Monday evening and snow melt. Minimal rainfall is expected on Wednesday and levels are expected to continue to fall through the day.

Highways department is praised

Powys County Council’s highways department at a local authority has been praised for battling through the worst snow for a decade to help people left stranded following the adverse weather.

The council’s highways staff were stretched to the limit last week, as the beast from the east struck the county more than most places.

Snow drifts that went above hedges meant that some parts of the country were completely cut off, and some of the drifts still remain.

County councillor for Welshpool, Graham Breeze said the highways staff’s response was amazing, as they worked around the clock to help residents in the region.

He said: “Powys just witnessed an amazing response from the county council highways staff to the worst snow to hit the region for decades and judging by the response on social media the public fully appreciated the efforts.

“Highways staff received help from other department in a brave around-the-clock bid to beat the elements and the, normally highly-critical, residents of the massive county have been bombarding the authority with thanks and praise.

“The teams weren’t able to reach everyone of course because the concentration had to be on keeping the main road networks open in the vast county, which stretches all the way from Ystradgynlais in the south to Llanrhaeadr in the north.”

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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