Snow descends on Shropshire as county recovers from Storm Ciara

Snow descended on Shropshire today, settling in Market Drayton, Shrewsbury and Telford among other areas.

Pedestrians brave the snow in Whitchurch town centre
Pedestrians brave the snow in Whitchurch town centre

Snow began to fall this afternoon after a weekend which saw the county battered by high winds and rain.

Police and firefighters warned drivers to take extra care and leave extra space between vehicles in the dangerous conditions.

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Several crashes were reported in the county, including one which saw a car flip on the A5, while a car had to be recovered after getting into trouble near Welshpool.

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A Fiat 500 rolled onto its roof on the A5 on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, forcing one lane to partially close on the eastbound carriageway approaching Preston Island at around 1.30pm.

The female driver was taken to hospital but was not thought to have been seriously injured.

Snow Hill in St Georges, Telford, is living up to its name
Snow in St Georges, Telford


Meanwhile a crash on the M6 northbound near the M54 meant the road had to be closed for an hour.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for snow until 7pm tonight.

Forecasters said some parts of the country could see blizzards and a build-up of up to 20cm of snow, while more than 200 flood warnings remained in place this morning.

The snowfall followed a weekend which saw the region battered Storm Ciara’s high winds and rainfall.

Strong winds blew slates off the roof of Shrewsbury Abbey - leaving a 3ft hole - and also forced the town’s Quarry swimming centre to partially shut on Sunday and fully close on Monday.

Meanwhile Telford & Wrekin Council teams dealt with more than 35 fallen trees on Sunday and a driver was killed when a tree fell onto his car in Hampshire.


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Mike Smith of Market Drayton said that the snow fell rapidly and settled within five minutes.

Newport and Shrewsbury also experienced snowstorms.

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