Freak snow and heavy rain hit the Keynsham area

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By BeckyFeather | Sunday, November 04, 2012, 11:00

Heavy rain and sleety snow have been battering the Keynsham area.

Driving conditions were hazardous this morning with excessive surface spray and flooding on many main and side roads in and around Keynsham, including Keynsham Road, the Wellsway, A39 and A4. In places fallen leaves were blocking drains.

And the River Chew from Chew Stoke to Keynsham was on flood alert, with a warning about Compton Dando in particular. The river is one of 19 Environment Agency flood alerts in the South West.

The A431 was impassable because of flooding and debris on the road at Kelston this morning but clear this afternoon, although stones and boulders remained strewn over the road, making it potentially hazardous for motorists.

First's 332 bus service had to be diverted via Keynsham, Saltford and Newbridge Road.

At Keynsham the River Avon was so high that the weir near the Portavon Marina disappeared and the footpath that passes under the Keynsham Road nearby was also submerged. Staff at the nearby Lock Keeper pub have been monitoring the water levels which are on a level with their car park.

A light dusting of snow saw people waking up to Christmas card scenes in the villages around Keynsham but it was quickly turning to slush.

A spokesman for Bath & North East Somerset Council said: "There was freak localised snowfall in parts of North East Somerset overnight.The unforecasted snowfall appears to have come in on the back of a heavy band of rain that was moving across the country.

"Overnight temperatures are not expected to drop to freezing and all council services will continue to operate as normal."

There is more rain expected tonight but tomorrow is looking brighter and the forecast for the rest of the week is currently dry.

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