Snow falls and flood alerts continue as winter weather hammers Shropshire

The winter weather continues to cause disruption in Shropshire - with further snow forecast and flood alerts in place.

Snow on homes across Bridgnorth
Snow on homes across Bridgnorth

Most of the Telford and Bridgnorth areas were covered in snow by mid morning on Monday and many roads across the county were left treacherous as snow and sleet continued to fall.

Despite several centimetres of snow building up in some areas, large parts of the county remained snow-free as the showers moved from east to west with the largest accumulations in high areas such as the Stiperstones.

Meanwhile rising water levels in the wake of Storm Bella remain a threat, with flood alerts in place across the region and Frankwell car park in Shrewsbury closed due to the high River Severn.

And the Met Office has now extended its weather warnings for the region, with south Shropshire warned that more snow could fall up until Thursday morning.

Drivers were encouraged to avoid travelling where possible and to take extra care in dangerous conditions, with temperatures not expected to rise above 3C (37.4F) on Monday.

Many local roads were left covered in snow, sleet and ice while parts of the M54 near Telford and the A442 were blocked. Council gritter teams were being deployed in a bit to help keep the roads moving, but AFC Telford's match against Kidderminster was called off due to the dangerous conditions.

All of the museums were closed in Ironbridge as a result of the weather on Monday, although Hawkstone Park Follies said the park was still open for walkers. Severn Valley Railway stayed open on Monday but cancelled all services for Tuesday due to the forecast.

Snow in Much Wenlock on Monday
Snow falling in front of the Iron Bridge. Photo: Graham Hickman

"If you've woken up to snow this morning across our area, please take extra care if you need to travel," West Mercia Police said.

"If possible, avoid driving and if you absolutely have to travel take appropriate precautions, warm clothing and a charged phone."

Snow had already fallen in parts of the UK by Sunday afternoon and arrived in Birmingham and the Black Country overnight, while more than 100 flood warnings were in place across England following days of stormy conditions.

A snowman in Bridgnorth, which was one of the first areas to get snow in Shropshire
Snow in Bridgnorth

No serious flood warnings remained in place in Shropshire on Monday morning, but less alerts were in force for the River Severn, Upper Teme in south Shropshire and the River Vyrnwy on the Shropshire/Wales border where many fields were flooded yesterday.

Meanwhile south Shropshire is part of the large swathes of the UK warned that snow and ice could hit on Wednesday and Thursday.

All of Shropshire and Mid Wales was included in a yellow alert in place until 10am on Tuesday but only areas south of Shrewsbury and Telford are affected by the alert for later in the week, which is in place until 10am on Thursday.

Paul Tranter and Tom Cleaton in Snow Hill, St George's

The weather warning said there is the potential for patches of snow across parts of England and Wales with 5-10cm falling in a few places, such as higher ground in Wales above 200 metres.

In St Georges the aptly named, Snow Hill lived up to its name as drivers struggled to get up the steep road on Monday morning.

Neighbours Paul Tranter and Tom Cleaton went to the rescue to clear snow and spread grit from the bin at the top of the hill.

Tom said: "Paul's son was stuck at the bottom so I went and helped Paul. We managed to get the road clear for the motorists.

"It was pretty bad this morning. It's funny because I live at Sunnyside, Snow Hill."

Snow falling across Shropshire:

The chilly temperatures follow several days of wintry weather over the Christmas period which brought flooding to parts of southern England before Storm Bella arrived on Boxing Day with winds of more than 100mph.

Flooding was also reported in parts of eastern England by Sunday morning, with kayakers taking to the roads in Norfolk in an attempt to traverse water-logged streets.

As of 4am on Monday, 103 flood warnings remained in place across England calling for immediate action ahead of expected flooding, alongside 193 flood alerts.

Despite the bad conditions, gales meant that for the first time ever more than half of Britain’s electricity was generated by wind power on Saturday.

According to energy firm Drax, 50.67 per cent of the country’s power was produced by wind turbines on Boxing Day.

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