The snowy and freezing weather conditions are not looking like they’ll disappear anytime soon, with it looking like they will be around for at least another week. Temperatures will plummet to a low of -5 degrees C over the next few days, meaning that heavy snow covering large parts of North East Wales will be unlikely to thaw anytime soon.
The past few days have seen areas of North Wales covered in snow and ice, making driving conditions treacherous. A spokeswoman for the Met Office said: “The cold weather will stay with us for at least another week with night temperatures down to around -3 degrees C to -5 degrees C and daytime temperatures up to 3 or 4 degrees C.
This means that the snow will thaw very slowly, but the risk of ice will remain ever present due to frosty nights. For the time being, the intensity of snow we saw last weekend should stay away, but frequent showers are still expected. Various areas of North Wales saw terrible blockages due to the snow, leading to the closure of many schools in the region.
Meanwhile, sheep farmers in North Wales have experienced one of the worst lambing disasters since the snow crisis of 1947 and 1963, with hundreds, possibly thousands of sheep feared lost and dead beneath mountainous snowdrifts. Many of the animals sheltered behind snow walls get trapped in snowdrifts, potentially leading them to becoming too cold and suffocated The full extent of the disaster is yet to emerge until the thaw sets in.
Llanfairfechan farmer Gareth Wyn Jones, who has sheep on the Caerneddau, with help from his son, two cousins and sheepdog dug out 40 sheep on Sunday and another 24 on Monday.
Although the worst of the snow seems to have passed, warnings are issued to ensure drivers are careful on the roads, as conditions can be unpredictable and treacherous!