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Shropshire battered by snow as 'mini Beast from the East' sweeps through

By Jack Averty | News | Published:

Drivers are being warned to take extra care after heavy snow fell across Shropshire.

Shrewsbury's 10k race has already been cancelled this morning because of the weather, while the town's police force is asking people to drive carefully after a number of reports of crashes.

Telford & Wrekin Council has asked people to avoid going out if they can. It said it has had its gritters out all night but a number of roads are still covered with snow, with gritters and snow ploughs going back out to clear the roads.

Despite the gritting there was still several crashes on the region's roads.

A car ended up on its roof in a crash on the B4373 at The Dean in Broseley. Firefighters from Bridgnorth and Tweedale went to the accident just after 7am.

The car's occupant was assessed by paramedics while the fire service made the vehicle safe.

Meanwhile a 4x4 was involved in a accident at 2.18am on the A49 at Affcot near Church Stretton.

Two casualties were treated by the ambulance service and firefighters from Craven Arms used air bags and winches to right the vehicle.

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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice across the region today, which will be in place until 11.55pm tonight.

It has warned the maximum temperature for the day is 0C (32F) and to expect this morning to be bitterly cold with heavy snow showers.

Into the afternoon the snow should become lighter and more isolated, with some brighter spells developing. But it will remain windy and bitterly cold throughout the day.

The bad weather is not expected to continue tomorrow.

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Several football matches across the county have been called off because of the snow, while Rays Farm in Bridgnorth has taken the decision not to open because of the weather.

The ice hockey match between Telford Tigers 1 and Whitley Warriors tonight has been cancelled due to concerns over the safety of travelling fans.

The snow and frozen conditions saw National Trust staff close Chirk Castle to visitors, while the horseshoe pass in Llangollen closed because of snow.

Power lines came down on the B4393 between Four Crosses and Llansantfraidd making the road impassable to high-sided vehicles.

Jack Averty

By Jack Averty
Senior Reporter - @javerty_star

Reporter with the Express & Star, based at head office in Wolverhampton

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