Fresh snow and flood warnings issued across region

Drivers have been urged not to travel unless necessary as alerts were issued for snow and ice across the region.

It comes as further snow was forecast for tomorrow and Thursday, while some flood warnings remain in place.

Local authorities today reminded people to stay safe, while looking to reassure residents of their gritting plans and bin collections.

Snow and ice warnings have been issued by the Met Office across the region for Wednesday
Weather warnings for snow have been issued by the Met Office for Thursday

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Families have been out in their gardens, on their streets and off to country parks to enjoy the snow, which has seen most of the region blanketed in white.

It has also seen people get creative with the snow at their homes, with snowmen, igloos and a very vivid snow creation of Queen Elsa from the Frozen films among the creations made by talented artists.

Queen Elsa makes an appearance in Wednesfield

The snowfall, which came after the wind and rain of Storm Bella turned into wintry showers, has led to some attractions closing due to safety concerns, while others remained open, albeit with increased safety measures in place.

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The Severn Valley Railway was forced to cancel all services on Tuesday, December 29 due to the adverse overnight weather forecast, with the railway offering either an alternative date or a refund to all passengers.

Dudley Zoo was able to reopen to the public after being forced to close on Monday, while parks across the region were open for people to walk around, including Baggeridge Country Park, Bantock Park, Moseley Old Hall, Hagley Hall and Sandwell Valley Country Park.

Tony Wall took this vivid picture of St Marks Church in Ocker Hill in Tipton

The continued changeable weather has seen yellow weather warnings for snow and ice continue to be issued across the West Midlands by the Met Office, with longer rail, bus and road journeys expected due to continual snowfall.

The yellow weather warnings are expected to be issued for the rest of the week as fresh snow continues to fall across the region, with South Staffordshire and Wolverhampton seeing flurries of new snow.

Jasmine Martin enjoys her igloo at her home in Bilbrook

Authorities across the region today took to social media to post pictures of the snow, while also warning motorists to take extra care on the roads.

Staffordshire County Council this morning urged people only to travel if journeys are essential, saying that gritters have been out overnight, continuing to grit primary and extended routes.

Wolverhampton Council also said the gritters had been out on priority routes around the city and asked drivers to be extra cautious on the roads.

Children across the region continued to enjoy sledding and other activities in the snow

Walsall Council asked residents to stay safe, warm and weather aware, while Dudley Council said it would work to ensure all bins missed due to cancelled collections on Monday were collected on Tuesday.

Police services asked people to be careful around the region, issuing warnings to be careful on slippery pavements and road surfaces.

The Met Office has also warned the public to be careful when going out due to icy surfaces and patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

Darren Ford took this Christmas card-style photo of a frosty tree outside his home on Goldthorn Hill, Wolverhampton

Flood warnings have also been issued across Worcestershire and Staffordshire, with flooding expected to low lying land and roads near Bewdley and Stourport and the River Penk between Coven and Stafford.

Flood warnings remain in place

Bewdley Bridge was closed for around four hours for the removal of flood defences and pumps from Beale's Corner, with drivers asked to follow diversions and use the bypass bridge to cross the Severn.

The weather forecast for the next few days is for sleet and snow showers, icy surfaces and freezing fog patches.

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