THE region came to a standstill as up to 20 inches of unseasonal snow hit North Wales.
The extremity of the weather took the region by surprise with schools and businesses shut, motorists stranded, and householders hit by power cuts from Friday morning.
Wrexham Maelor hospital was also closed to outpatient admissions on Friday.
Robin Thwaytes, forecaster at the Met Office, said the weather was “extremely unseasonal”.
Between 10cm and 20cm of snow had fallen between Thursday night and Friday morning.
“It has been exacerbated by quite a strong wind blowing it about,” he said, “Up on the higher ground there could be close to 40cm in some areas.”
Motorists were forced to abandon their cars across the town including in Gwersyllt and Tanyfron, and fallen trees blocked the main roads through Bersham and Glyn Ceiriog.
The A483 trunk road north of Wrexham, around Coedpoeth, was closed after a lorry jack-knifed.
Traffic on the same road south of the town slowed to a crawl, with only single lanes of dual carriageway clear, and short journey times extending to hours.
The A548 between Flint and Sealand was also closed in both directions due to bad conditions, as was the Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen.
Hundreds of people were hit by power cuts in areas such as Rhostyllen, Ruabon and Cefn Mawr from about 7.45pm.
A spokesman for Scottish Power said on Friday: “It is difficult to be precise about numbers because there are pockets of customers affected throughout the area.
“But we are talking about a few hundred people affected, mainly due to lines coming down, in some cases because of trees falling on them.
“We have been geared up for this and our engineers are working at the various sites to get our customers back up and running.”
63 schools across the county borough were closed with only Borras Park Infants, Hafod Y Wern and Victoria Primary Schools remaining open.
Yale College and Glyndwr University also shut their doors.
Arriva and GHA Coaches suspended all their bus services in Wrexham.
Trains through Wrexham General were hit with delays of more than an hour after trees fell on the line between Shrewsbury and Chester stations.
Wrexham Council's gritters were out since 6pm on Thursday.
And all bin collection services were cancelled with workers redeployed to help clear the roads.
The town's libraries were all closed although leisure centres remained open.
Police deployed additional resources to cope with demand.