UK weather: Parts of England and Wales covered in snow as police warn of ‘treacherous’ roads

Parts of England and Wales were blanketed in snow this morning as police warned motorists of “treacherous” driving conditions on the roads.

Photographs and videos posted on social media showed east Gloucestershire, parts of Wiltshire, Bath and South Wales covered in a few centimetres of snow.

Police in Ystradgynlais, in southwest Powys, Wales, said they had received reports of vehicles becoming stuck in the snow.

The force warned drivers roads in the town were “treacherous” and to only venture out if “absolutely necessary”.

Brecon Mountain Rescue Team said a training exercise was interrupted to assist Dyfed-Powys Police and Brecons Road Policing Unit “with vehicles stuck in snow”.

Gloucestershire Police also urged motorists to drive carefully while travelling to work.

There were also reports of flight delays at Bristol Airport.

A spokeswoman for the airport told Sky News: “Snow at Bristol and across the UK has caused minimal disruption to a limited number of flights this morning, however some flights may experience knock-on delays to the flight schedule throughout the day.

“Passengers are advised to check with their airlines for the latest information.”

The Met Office said: “Persistent rain and some hill snow continues to affect parts of Wales and England with possible flooding.”

Earlier on Thursday it had issued several alerts for snow across the South East and South West of England, South Wales and the West Midlands, which have since expired.

A yellow weather warning for rain is in place for areas around Nottingham, Sheffield and Doncaster from 9am on Thursday to 3am on Friday, as the snow falling across the South West moves north and turns to rain.

Sky News weather producer Stephanie Gaulter said: “There is the risk of seeing more snow today on the higher ground in Wales (Brecon Beacons/Cambrians), and Western England (Shropshire Hills/Malverns) and across the southern parts of the Pennines (Peak District).”

For some people, it was the first snow of the season.

“Actual snow in Wiltshire,” wrote one Twitter user, posting footage of large snowflakes tumbling to the ground in the county.

“And with the first dusting of snow this morning we are starting to feel more in the festive spirit,” wrote another.

“Will it snow on Christmas Day though?” asked another.

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