FURTHER snowfall in Wrexham and Flintshire today could be followed by flooding in parts of the region over the weekend, forecasters have warned.
The Met Office is predicting there could be as much as five centimetres of snow in the region from lunchtime today, reaching as much as 10cm on higher ground.
But this is expected to be followed by heavy rainfall on Sunday that could lead to a risk of surface water flooding in certain areas of North Wales, as the big freeze makes way for milder weather.
Met Office spokesman Sarah Holland said: “There is a chance of some heavy snow showers in North Wales on Friday.
“This will then be followed by heavy rain during the weekend and there is a risk there could be some surface water flooding.
“We anticipate there will be milder temperatures in the coming days and snow may thaw. There is some risk of ice.”
The past week has seen snow remain on the ground across much of North Wales, after heavy snowfall last Friday.
School closures were in place on Friday and Monday but the area’s schools have remained open since then, although waste collections have been affected.
With the threat of heavy rain and flooding, the Met Office and Environment Agency are monitoring the situation closely and advise everyone to stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts, severe weather warnings and flood warnings.
No flood warnings or alerts had been issued for Wales yesterday afternoon.
Phil Rothwell, Environment Agency flood risk manager, said: “A combination of rain and snowmelt over the weekend will increase the risk of flooding especially in South West England, Wales, the west Midlands and northern England. We are closely monitoring the situation and have teams ready to respond to any potential flooding.
“People should check out if they are in a flood risk area, and sign up to free flood warnings on the Environment Agency website."