THE region is preparing for a Big Freeze as weather warnings are stepped up.
Heavy snow is predicted to fall throughout on Friday, with the Met Office warning of disruption as North Wales contends with up to 15cm snow and more on higher ground.
Thousands of tonnes of salt is in place and ready for use and gritters are preparing to take to the streets in both Wrexham and Flintshire to help make the roads safe for motorists.
Met Office spokesman Charlie Powell confirmed the area is set to feel the full effects of the snowfall.
He said: “We anticipate the snow is likely to fall from the early hours of Friday and an amber weather warning covers the area.
“There could be 10 to 15cm of snow and a risk of as much of 20 to 25cm on higher ground.
“There is the potential for severe disruption on Friday and we are expecting difficult conditions.
"People should be prepared to change their plans and only make journeys if they are absolutely necessary.
“We are also anticipating very strong winds and gales.”
Mr Powell said light snow could fall early on Saturday but the weekend is likely to be dry, although Friday’s snow may remain on the ground.
A spokesman for Wrexham Council said salt bins across the county have been filled and are ready for use.
Neighbouring Flintshire Council has also confirmed it is prepared for dealing with heavy snow.