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Weather: Wales faces another cold snap, say forecasters

A frozen waterfall in the Brecon Beacons
Image caption Wales suffered its worst frost of the winter so far

A brief spell of milder weather across Wales will be followed by another cold snap later this week, say forecasters.

The nation suffered its coldest weather of the winter over the weekend, with plummeting temperatures bringing widespread snow showers and ice.

There were warnings of ice in mid and south Wales on Monday morning but temperatures were expected to reach 8C along Cardigan Bay.

But forecasters said colder, drier conditions were on the way.

As the working week began the Met Office had nine severe warnings in place for ice in parts of Wales and England.

The Met Office warned people to be aware of the risk of disruption to travel, saying ice was likely to be a hazard on roads and pavements across parts of south-east Wales and much of England during the morning rush hour.

The warnings cover the period until midday.

BBC Wales weather presenter Sue Charles said Wales faced a chilly, murky morning with drizzle in places.

"Much of the weekend snow has now melted," she said. "It's briefly milder for the next couple of days - but it looks like the colder, drier conditions will also prevail further west later in the week."

She explained that an intense ridge of high pressure was keeping the cold conditions in place across much of Europe.

"Sometimes known as a 'blocking high', it's blocking out weather fronts trying to push in from the Atlantic," she said.

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