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Monday, March 25, 2013

11am weather update


* A North Wales Police traffic officer took this picture of the Ponderosa Café on the Horseshoe Pass - which remains closed to traffic - about 11am on Monday. 


Snow update (Monday morning) from Denbighshire County Council

Efforts to clear snow and fallen trees from roads in south Denbighshire is continuing today (Monday).

Highways  As at 10.30am, a number of main roads remain affected and the priority today is to re-open the A5, which is still closed between Corwen and Llangollen.  Crews are battling to get through to a number of fallen trees to remove them. There are also concerns about the safety of a number of trees, which could fall at any time under the weight of the snow.  We are hopeful that the Horseshoe pass will be cleared today  B5430 Nant y Garth is passable with care.  A5104 is open but continuing to widen the carriageway.  B5437 Carrog to Corwen - is open but not from Carrog to Bryneglwys.  Eryrys to Graianrhyd is open.  A543 Denbigh Moors is still closed.  B4501 Denbigh to Cerrigydrudion is still closed.  Travellers Inn to Tremeirchion off the A55 is still closed.  Many smaller routes, in particular in the south of the county remain impassable but the situation is constantly changing and we will update progress later this afternoon.  Council teams are using a range of machinery as part of efforts to get the road network clear as quickly as possible. This machinery includes loading shovels, JCBs, large excavators, snow blowers, gritters and agri-ploughs. Local contractors have been drafted in to assist with the clear-up operation.  Crews have also been deployed to clear town centre street in Llangollen.  Public transport is still being affected

X50 Ruthin to Wrexham section: in spite of early running this morning, this is now WITHDRAWN temporarily, owing to road widths on the tops at the Wrexham end.  Buses are meeting other vehicles, including cars, and cannot manoeuvre around each other in the snow.

The X94 Barmouth-Dolgellau-Bala-Corwen-Llangollen-Wrexham is operating Barmouth to Dolgellau in the west only; and Wrexham to Acrefair in the east only, according to Arriva managers. This owing to the road closure between Corwen and Llangollen. There are no alternative routes for buses of 12m in length.

Service 76 Denbigh-Llandyrnog-Ruthin-Graigfechan. A bus has met with a collision between Llangwyfan to Llangynhafal and the service will operate normally except for this section. This is owing to drifting snow on to road that has frozen.

Service 10 (Bodfari - Rhyl) not serving Cwm village.  Welfare issues  Thoughts are now turning to welfare issues as the cold snap conitnues and anyone experiencing difficulties should contact Denbighshire Customer Services on 01824 706100 (Welsh line) or 01824 706101 (English) to ask for assistance. Calls will be prioritised to target those who need immediate and urgent help.  Animal welfare officers will also be prioritising and animal welfare issues. Again, please contact the above numbers to raise any concerns.  Denbighshire County Council would like to reassure residents that teams are working around the clock in often atrocious conditions and we would like to thank people for their patience and understanding. People should continue to monitor websites, social media, news and weather bulletins for the latest information.

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