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Cold spell hits South West Wales

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

  • A sheep finds its way home on the snowy hills above Abercrave. Picture: Megan Williams

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BRRRRR! It's grit your teeth... and the roads time!

South West Wales has experienced the first major cold snap of the winter, with falling temperatures and ice conditions seeing many wishing they could remain under the duvet.

Road conditions deteriorated yesterday morning as motorists were advised to exercise caution, with many minor roads affected by ice. Speed restrictions were even introduced on parts of the M4, and in Neath, Bryncoch Church in Wales Primary School closed.

All three local authorities, however, have said that they are prepared for the cold spell.

A spokesman for Swansea Council said: "Our gritting crews have been really busy carrying out runs overnight, covering 500km each time. We also have around 800 grit bins which residents can use to treat pavements near their homes."

Further west, Carmarthenshire is similarly prepared, with head of street scene, Mario Cresci, saying: "Staff have been working throughout the night gritting all primary routes. We are also gritting secondary routes this morning and hand gangs are treating town centre pedestrian areas and other urban areas where required.

"We have had some reports of minor road traffic collisions, mainly in the rural areas, and there is some disruption to refuse collections, again in rural areas. Drivers are urged to please take extra care at this time of year, particularly on side roads which will not have been treated."

Mike Roberts of Neath Port Talbot's streetcare services said: "The council's aim is to keep the highways in a safe condition and priority is given to the key routes highlighted in the winter maintenance plan.

"Once these routes have been gritted, secondary areas such as near schools and other public areas will be covered, within available resources, and we respond to requests from the public as best we can."

A spokeswoman for the Met Office said: "The next couple of days will continue to see cold and dry weather. During the day it will struggle to get above 4 degrees but will drop overnight to as low as minus 5."

The spokeswoman added: "There's potential for heavy snow from the west on Friday."See a fivre-day weather forecast.

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  • Hedoken97842  |  January 16 2013, 5:31PM

    I love it when its freezing, I feel less guilty about not cleaning up my dogs mess.