DRIVERS are being warned to take care on the roads today after severe weather caused car smashes and floods across North Wales yesterday.
By 11.15am there had been seven separate accidents – four on the A55 – involving cars spinning off roads and crashing, as rain and hail lashed the region.
Roads and fields were flooded and temperatures plummeted below zero in parts last night as North Wales got its first bitter taste of winter weather.
Two of yesterday morning’s accidents happened at Rhuallt Hill, Denbighshire on the A55, both involving cars skidding.
The first was at 5.30am when a car spun on the carriageway. The second was shortly before 7.55am when another west bound car hit the central reservation.
At 8.15am near Llanddulas an east bound vehicle crashed on the A55 about a mile and a half east of the Rainbow Bridge.
Police were also called to a two-car crash eastbound at the Black Cat Junction at 10.17am.
Just minutes later at 10.19am police received reports a west bound car had spun at the Conwy Morfa Junction on the A55.
At 10.30am a car towing a caravan had come off the A539 by the Saw Mill, Ruabon. And at 11.12am another two cars were involved in a smash on Mostyn Broadway, Llandudno.
Fortunately nobody was injured in any of the accidents.
Highways officials were also scrambled to grit the A55 at St Asaph at 9.25am after hail turned the road white.
The Environment Agency Wales also put weather watches on the Lower Dee Valley and Lower Dee Valley Llangollen to Chester water stretches.
Landlord of the Fairy Falls Hotel, Trefriw, said the River Conwy was also swollen by heavy rain fall. The village has been plagued by flooding in recent years, with work on new Conwy Valley flood defences to start next spring.
Mr Evans said: “It has been raining and sleeting, the fields at the back are flooded. The river is quite high and people were worried.”
Although North Wales Fire and Rescue Service were not called to pump out flood areas, roads were affected across North Wales.
At the accident blackspot at Four Lane End Smithy, on the B5126, Northop Hall, there were large pools of water which motorists had to negotiate. The A525 just south of St Asaph was also flooded yesterday morning.
The higher ground in Wrexham in Minera also caught snow flurries although the ground was too wet for it to stick.