Wales weather: Roads hit by snow and localised flooding

Snow in Wrexham on Monday morning It was snowing heavily in Wrexham on Monday morning

Snow and localised flooding have caused traffic problems on some routes across Wales with forecasters warning heavy rain is expected to return.

A landslide in Powys has blocked rail lines and could affect services at short notice between Machynlleth and Caersws, says Arriva Trains Wales.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning, meaning "be aware", for heavy rain and strong wind on Monday and Tuesday.

Two flood warnings and 11 alerts have been issued by Natural Resources Wales.

Among other incidents caused by the weather:

  • The A4042 is closed in both directions due to flooding between the A40 Monmouth Road and the A465 Heads Of The Valleys Road, and a diversion is in place.
  • The A490 is closed in both directions closed due to flooding between A458 / A483 Sarn Bryn Caled Roundabout, Welshpool, and B4388 Cilcewydd Bridge.
  • A525 at Bangor in Dee, Wrexham, is blocked due to flooding between B5426 (Bangor-on-Dee) and B5130 Cross Lanes.
  • In Aberystwyth, the A44 has reported as having "hazardous driving conditions" due to snow between A4159 and A470 (Llangurig).
  • North Wales Police report heavy snowfall in Cerrigydrudion, Conwy, which is causing treacherous driving conditions, and advise people to consider their route carefully.
  • Traffic has returned to normal on A483 Wrexham bypass between A5152 Wrexham Road and J4 A525 Ruthin Road after a lorry jack-knifed in snow on Monday morning causing queues of traffic
Snow in Chirk Residents in Chirk, near Wrexham, also saw snow on Monday

More heavy rain and strong winds are expected from Tuesday onwards for which a yellow warning for rain has been issued. More flooding is also expected.

Gusty winds may be an added hazard in some places, forecasters have said.

As river levels rose, a search was launched on Sunday afternoon for a kayaker who had disappeared in the swollen River Usk at Llangynidr, near Crickhowell in Powys.

On Monday, police confirmed rescuers searching for the kayaker had found the body of a 34-year-old man in the river.

High winds caused power cuts on Saturday and Sunday affecting 64,200 properties in communities, from Pembrokeshire to Torfaen.

A landslip caused disruptions to trains between Abergavenny and Hereford on Sunday, while a large sinkhole appeared on the B4265 St Brides Road at Wick, Vale of Glamorgan.

Meanwhile, BBC Wales' Week In Week Out programme has discovered that coastal communities could face being abandoned as rising sea levels mean the cost of maintaining defences can no longer be justified.

The programme has discovered councils around Wales are already planning "managed retreat" despite Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies saying the Welsh government is not considering it at present.

Week in Week Out: Tuesday, 11 February, 22.35 GMT, BBC1 Wales.

Sea foam in Caswell Bay, Swansea High winds whipped up foam from the sea in Caswell Bay, Swansea, over the weekend

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