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From sunny to snow: Met Office announce snow and ice weather warning for Wales

05 Apr 2021 2 minute read
Sheep in the snow in winter

The Met Office has announced a winter weather warning for Wales, just a day after the country basked in summer-like sunshine over the Easter weekend.

The yellow weather warning will be in force between 10pm today and tomorrow. Wintry showers will persist through the night onwards into Tuesday morning accompanied by windy conditions will lead to patchy accumulations of 2 to 4 cm snow in some places, mainly inland and on hills.

Wintry showers may lead to some travel disruption, they said:

  • Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services
  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths

The weather warning applies to the counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

‘Dramatic change’

The warning comes as much colder air spread from the north from late on Sunday. Temperatures are expected to remain below average for the coming week.

Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri, said: “The Met Office has been signalling a dramatic change in weather type for several days, with very cold air moving from the Arctic through Sunday night, bringing snow showers and freezing overnight temperatures and all accompanied by strong northerly winds accentuating the cold.”

There was also a warning for hill farmers during laming season, by Phil Stocker, the chief executive of the National Sheep Association.

“Sheep and livestock farmers, especially in the UK’s uplands, are acutely aware of the potential for a spring cold snap which can bring devastation and soul-destroying losses during lambing time,” he said.

“The sector has endured several cold-weather events during recent springs and these have wrought considerable hardship to both stock and hill farmers.

“However, being aware of the approaching change in weather type will allow farmers to buffer the impacts by taking action to avoid the worst losses.”

Northern Ireland and Scotland are also included in the weather warnings.

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