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GALLERY: Send us your snaps as snow falls across Shropshire and Mid Wales

By Deborah Hardiman | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

A severe warning was in place across Shropshire and Mid Wales this morning after snow and sleet fell overnight.

The Met Office issued a yellow severe weather warning for the region, covering the entirety of Shropshire, Powys and the wider West Midlands.

The alert came as snow and sleet showers fell overnight, leaving a white covering over much of the county this morning.

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Today was expected to be the chilliest of the week, with some areas waking up to temperatures of minus 2C (28F).

The Met Office ice alert, which covered most of the country, was in place until 11am and warned people to take care on icy roads, pavements and cycle paths.

The afternoon was expected to be sunny but cold, with maximum temperatures of around 4C (39F).

A new ice warning is in place for much of the country from 6pm tonight until 11am on Thursday, but Mid Wales and most of Shropshire are not included in the danger areas.

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Traffic was moving across Shropshire and Telford during rush hour after gritters took to the roads in the early hours of the morning, although there was heavier congestion than usual on key routes such as the A5 and A49.

Last night emergency services dealt with several crashes on the A442 and M54 after sleet and slow fell before rush hour.

Boiler failure

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A number of schools and colleges in Powys were hit by snow and icy conditions today.

Newtown College posted on social media that they were closed due to a boiler failure.

The NPTC Group which runs the colleges said: "Please note, due to boiler failure, we have closed Newtown College today. All other colleges and campuses remain open as normal. Please refer to social media for updates."

Meanwhile Caereinion High School in Llanfair Caereinion was also closed due to health and safety issues.

Snow also closed the town's primary school and Ysgol Pennant, as well as Welsh language play groups in Llanerfyl and Llansilin.

In Llanfyllin, the LF63 bus route, which runs from Llanwddyn, was not running due to snow.

In Shrewsbury, The Dingle in The Quarry was closed today due to slippery footpaths, with the town council apologising to residents for any inconvenience.

Transport for Wales said its teams had been out gritting since 4am, aiming to cover have 247 stations, and that extra contractors were helping with the task.

The Met Office said overnight the conditions were expected to be clear, cold and frosty.

Although the weather will warm slightly towards the end of the week, more cold weather is set for the weekend.

A spokeswoman said: “Gradually some slightly warmer air will push in for the latter part of the week, but we have a band of rain pushing in Saturday which will push much colder air in behind it.”

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman
@Deborahh_Star

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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