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Big freeze set to continue all week with snow due today; THE AA AND RAC INUNDATED WITH CALLS FROM DRIVERS.

Byline: DARREN DEVINE

FORECASTERS have warned of more heavy snowfall for rural Wales after sub-zero temperatures yesterday closed dozens of schools, burst pipes and left side roads and pavements treacherous.

The Met Office says the worst of the snow - with up to 5cm expected - will hit Powys today, but much of Wales is likely to see light flurries.

The treacherous conditions seem certain to cause further chaos on the roads after the RAC yesterday reported receiving 2,500 call-outs an hour, with Wales one of the worst-hit parts of the UK.

Powys, where temperatures plummeted to -18C in Llandysul over the weekend, was worst affected by school closures with 10 primaries shut.

But almost no corner of Wales escaped the disruption brought by the icy conditions, with schools in Bridgend, Caerphilly, Conwy, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Flintshire, Monmouth and Rhondda Cynon Taf all forced to close.

The Met Office said daytime temperatures across Wales would not rise much above freezing this week and, with the windchill factor, will drop to double figure minuses at night.

Forecaster John Hammond said: "Many parts of Wales will see a light covering of snow overnight. It will be on and off through Tuesday morning and we could see heavier outbreaks over parts of Wales through the course of the afternoon.

"Probably somewhere like Powys looks like it will see some of the heaviest amounts."

But coastal areas of North Wales and sheltered parts of South Wales may escape the snow flurries.

In the early hours of Monday morning temperatures fell to -10C at Sennybridge, Powys, -8C in Rhyl, Denbighshire, and -6C at Pembrey Sands, Carmarthenshire.

On Sunday the AA questioned whether the county's salt supplies were sufficient to ensure safety on the roads in the event of a second cold snap later this winter.

But the Welsh Local Government Association yesterday said there were 138,000 tonnes stored with a further 38,000 ordered and due for delivery.

A further 10,000 extra tonnes have been ordered from Sweden, but the WLGA admitted prolonged icy conditions will stretch their supplies.

A spokesman said: "While levels of salt supply remain high at present, gritting teams are working around the clock to keep Wales moving and the WLGA is monitoring stock levels closely with information

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Date:Nov 30, 2010
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