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Weather: Snow hits roads and school across Wales

Snow on the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road in Rhondda Cynon Taf on Thursday morning Image copyright Welsh.droner
Image caption Snow on the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road in Rhondda Cynon Taf on Thursday morning

Spring snowfall has led to travel disruption and school closures.

Motorists were warned about "hazardous" driving conditions and Rhondda Cynon Taf council said several schools had shut on Thursday due to the weather.

A yellow weather warning for snow has now been lifted, but the Met Office had said it was likely to cause issues across Wales during the morning.

The snow led to hold-ups on several roads in mid and south Wales.

"Hazardous driving conditions" were reported on the A44 at New Radnor, Powys, and Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, as well as the A470 Crimea Pass in Gwynedd.

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Image caption Clear road ahead... Capel Curig in Snowdonia

There were queues on the A465 between Merthyr Tydfil and Hirwaun due to the snow, according to Traffic Wales.

Gwent Police's control room Ch Insp Huw Jones tweeted there had been several collisions on the M4 due to the conditions.

Meanwhile, several schools did not open due to the weather, according to Rhondda Cynon Taf council.

Image caption A flock of black sheep in a snowy field near Abergavenny
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Image caption Conditions seemed worse for the sheep in Caerphilly

The warning between the early hours and 11:00 GMT covered Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil.

It also extended to Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Powys and Torfaen.

Parts of Wales have already seen snow fall on high ground over the past few days, with a covering on the summit of Moel Famau, near Mold, Flintshire, and on mountains in Snowdonia.

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Image caption Moody morning: Cloud hung low over snow-covered roofs in Knighton, Powys