Wales

Motorists warned of bad weather as flood alerts remain

Picture of hail on the M4 near Coryton, taken by David of Cardiff
Image caption Picture of hail on the M4 near Coryton

Motorists have been warned of hazardous driving conditions as weather warnings remain in force across Wales.

Strong winds and heavy rain hit much of the country overnight and into Tuesday, and the Met Office says more bad weather is on the way.

There is a Met Office warning for snow but it is yellow - the lowest grading - which is not expected to cause widespread problems.

There are seven river alerts with fears for localised flooding later this week.

In the meantime, Environment Agency Wales officers will be checking flood defences and removing blockages that could cause flooding.

The A477 Cleddau Bridge in Pembrokeshire was closed to high-sided vehicles but later re-opened.

The M48 Severn Bridge was closed in both directions but has now re-opened, subject to restrictions.

The A55 Britannia Bridge between Anglesey and Gwynedd was closed to high-sided vehicles due to strong winds.

The Environment Agency issued 22 flood alerts on rivers in Wales earlier on Tuesday but reduced that to seven by early evening. There is one flood warning on the Lower Dee flood plain at Farndon, near Wrexham.

It warns that further wet weather and stormy conditions may lead to localised flooding later this week.

The agency said weather conditions were expected to ease on Tuesday but Monday night's heavy rainfall had led to "higher river levels in many catchments".

"There are also coastal flood alerts in place for the western coast of Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula, as a result of the strong to gale force westerly winds," it said.

"Forecasts indicate that more heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected to reach Wales on Thursday and into Friday.

"As the ground is already saturated, rivers may well respond quickly to the rain which may lead to further flood alerts being issued."

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