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Heavy snow causes chaos in Shropshire - and there's more on the way

By Nathan Rowden | Bridgnorth | Transport | Published:

Snow caused school closures, chaos on the roads and caused the roof of a Shrewsbury garden centre to collapse today - and there is more expected this weekend.

Snow has hit most parts of Shropshire today

Snow has been falling throughout Friday making visibility difficult and surfaces extremely slippery.

The Met Office issued a Yellow National Severe Weather Warning for snow and ice for today and Saturday.

However, on Sunday the Met Office has upgraded its warning to Amber meaning we can expect even more heavy snow.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers with possible delays and cancellations to rail and air travel.

"Some rural communities could be cut off and power supplies interrupted. Probably some icy stretches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths. Some injuries from slips and falls on icy and snowy surfaces."

In Shrewsbury the roof of a garden centre collapsed under the weight of the snow today.

Charlies Stores on the Arrow Point Retail Park will remain open despite the incident.

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Duty manager, Paul Ranby, said: "The roof of the garden centre is a canvas awning which has ripped under the weight of all the snow that slipped down.

"That will have to be fixed up. Charlies will stay open and people will still be able to come in and get wood, coal and anything else they need."

No one was injured.

Updates of disruption throughout the day

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Nathan Rowden

By Nathan Rowden
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Digital journalist based at the Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Interested in breaking news and social media.

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