THE first snow of the year brought treacherous driving conditions on rural lanes today.

Temperatures dropped to -7.7°C in Monmouthshire on Tuesday night, and another yellow warning of icy conditions covering all of Gwent except Chepstow and Caldicot was issued at 12 noon today (Wednesday, January 18) until noon tomorrow (Thursday), with sub-zero temperatues forecast again tonight.

Traffic Wales South posted: “With snow and icy conditions across the network, driving conditions have changed and you must adapt your driving accordingly!”

Drivers should slow down, keep their distance from other vehicles, allow extra time for their journey, and consider delaying their journey until conditions improved.

snow on skirrid
It snowed across Monmouthshire overnight including on the Skirrid (Nick Hartland)

The Met Office said some roads and railways could be affected with longer journey times and warned of potential injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.

People were alerted to look out for icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths

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