Shropshire Star

Snow in Chirk after yellow and amber warnings - but only a light dusting

We were promised cut-off villages and transport chaos, but that hasn't quite materialised in Shropshire and surrounding areas today - at least not yet.

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There was, however, some snow in Chirk on Thursday morning - but the below photographs and above video submitted to the Shropshire Star show it was little more than a light dusting.

Coincidentally, Wednesday's weather warning for snow and ice claimed its first victim in Chirk, with the castle closing pre-emptively.

The tourist attraction said in a statement on Wednesday: "We’re sorry, but Chirk Castle will be closed tomorrow, 8 February, due to the snow forecast for the area.

"Please check our social media channels and the website for all the latest updates."

The snow settled a little bit - but not much.
A light dusting.

Thursday's snowfall also made for some amazing scenes at Chirk Castle.

Chirk Castle in Thursday's snow. Photo: National Trust

Chirk just about fell within the Met Office's amber weather warning for snow, which was issued on Wednesday.

Weather warning.

The warning essentially meant snow and ice was expected to cause disruption across the region - things like powercuts, travel problems cut-off rural communities.

So far, that hasn't been the case but that's no guarantee conditions won't change.

Snowy scenes around Oswestry Racecourse
Snowy scenes around Oswestry Racecourse

Elsewhere there was a bit more snow around Oswestry, with parts of the old racecourse covered.

Snowy scenes around Oswestry Racecourse
Snowy scenes around Oswestry Racecourse

Much of Shropshire saw rain on Thursday morning, with water seen flowing down Pride Hill in Shrewsbury town centre.

The weather warning for north Wales and north-west Shropshire ends at 3pm on Thursday. 20-25cm of snow were forecast in areas above 200 metres.

Yesterday, several schools in north and mid Wales closed ahead of the predicted snow surge.