Storm Emma: Travel intrusion in Wales after red alert

Car in sleet in Cardiff

The open is being warned not to transport unless positively necessary, as tools of south Wales are given a red “extreme” sleet warning.

Roads, buses, trains, ferries and flights have all been influenced as snowstorm conditions are expected due to Storm Emma.

Forecasters pronounced 8in (20cm) of sleet is expected opposite most of midst and south Wales on Thursday.

Travel has also been influenced in north Wales with some roads close due to snow.

In Cardiff, one of a categorical arteries, a A48 has close westbound between Llanedeyrn and Gabalfa Interchange with cars stranded.

The red warning opposite south-east Wales is in force until Friday during 02:00 GMT.

Media captionKen Skates urged commuters to consider twice before removing into their cars

“The summary from Welsh Government is to devise ahead, take caring and not to transport unless positively necessary,” pronounced Welsh Transport Secretary Ken Skates.

“If we have to get out – either travelling by road, rail, foot, bike or moody – familiarize yourself with a latest central recommendation before travelling and make certain a friend, family member or neighbour knows where we are.”

Bus and sight services opposite tools of a south Wales hollow networks have been hit, while all packet crossings between Wales and Ireland have been cancelled.

Arriva Train Wales warned passengers to transport “as early as possible” as many services were finale early in a afternoon.

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Powys legislature gritter clearing sleet on A470 during Caersws

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Llanelli-based Owens Transport pronounced it had 31 lorries stranded in sleet in Scotland and a north easterly of England.

Council gritters opposite Wales have been operative around a time though many authorities have warned that usually categorical routes will be treated.

Media captionChief medical officer for Wales Dr Frank Atherton pronounced gripping comfortable and wearing essential boots is common sense

Wales’ Chief Medical Officer Dr Frank Atherton pronounced people indispensable to keep warm, check on neighbours and if they go out – take caring on a roads or to wear essential shoes.

“We’re not used to unequivocally cold continue in this country. People need to know these messages, it’s unequivocally a matter of common clarity though infrequently people do omit those messages,” he said.

An amber sleet warning covering all of midst and south Wales is also in force, with a yellow “be aware” risk for counties opposite north Wales.


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Flights during Cardiff Airport have been strike by a storm


  • Closed: A470 Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, between B4391 Ffestiniog and A487 Gellilydan
  • Closed: A542 Horseshoe Pass, Denbighshire – between A5104 Llandegla and B5103 Llangollen
  • Closed: A44 Llanbadarn Road, Aberystwyth, close in both directions between A487 Penglais Road and A470, Llangurig
  • Blocked: A4067 Westbound, Powys, influenced by sleet between Cray and Ystradgynlais
  • The A48 is sealed westbound between Gabalfa Interchange and Llanedeyrn in Cardiff


Advice from Arriva Trains Wales is to transport “as early as possible”

  • Arriva Trains Wales: Cardiff Valleys services handling a proxy calendar -many will finish in a afternoon
  • Arriva Trains Wales: Replacement train use between Llanelli and Craven Arms
  • Arriva Trains Wales: Replacement train use between Swansea and Fishguard/Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock
  • Arriva Trains Wales: Reduced use between Wrexham General and Bidston
  • Arriva Trains Wales: Replacement use between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog
  • Arriva Trains Wales: Cancellations between Cardiff and Manchester Piccadilly
  • Arriva Trains Wales: Last use eastward from Machynlleth, Powys, to Shrewsbury will be a 15:30 Aberystwyth train


  • Irish Ferries: All sailings cancelled on Holyhead and Dublin crossings
  • Irish Ferries: All sailings cancelled on Pembroke-Rosslare crossings
  • StenaLine: All sailings cancelled for Thursday on Holyhead-Dublin crossing
  • StenaLine: 08:55 Superfast X Holyhead-Dublin cancelled on Friday
  • StenaLine: Fishguard-Rosslare sailings cancelled on Thursday
  • StenaLine: 13:10 Fishguard-Rosslare channel cancelled on Friday


  • Cardiff Bus dangling services from 18:00 GMT
  • Stagecoach: Some Cwmbran, Blackwood/Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil repository services have been suspended
  • First Cymru: Short notice cancellations expected


  • Cardiff Airport: Flights to Scotland, Paris and Berlin have been cancelled or delayed. All Flybe flights after 15:00 cancelled, in further to 14:05 Faro, Portugal service

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