Wales weather: Warnings of heavy snow and rain

Image caption Snow in January brought widespread disruption

Two weather warnings have been issued in parts of Wales for heavy rain and snow later on Thursday.

Forecasters say persistent rain is expected in south Wales from midday on Thursday, with about 30-50mm (1.2-2in) of rain over 24 hours and strong winds.

A significant amount of snow could fall in north east and mid Wales from about 21:00 GMT and into Friday with about 5-10cm (2-4in) of snow predicted.

The yellow "be aware" warnings were put in place by the Met Office.

Over the weekend, forecasters say it will remain windy and unsettled through Saturday in the south, but there is still a risk of snow showers in the north east.

By Sunday, it is expected to turn drier but colder everywhere.

Environment Agency Wales has warned of possible localised flooding, particularly focusing on south Wales valleys and the Brecon Beacons.

It warns rivers may rise steadily which could lead to a small number of flood alerts on rivers in south Wales from Pembrokeshire in the west to Monmouthshire in the east.

The worst of the weather Wales has faced this winter came in January when heavy snow brought six days of disruption.

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