UK weather – Flood warnings as seven inches of snow and torrential rain to lash Britain

BRITAIN is set to be bombarded by torrential rain and seven inches of snow.

Dozens of flood warnings and alerts are also in place across large parts of England as downpours lash the country.

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The mercury is set to plunge to a bone-chilling-10C tonight in some parts of Britain as January's big freeze continues.

The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for severe snow on Thursday and Friday in parts of northern England and Scotland.

Northern Ireland and parts of north-west England are braced for more than an inch of rain from Wednesday evening, the Met Office warned.

It also warned flooding around Liverpool and Manchester on Thursday could spark travel chaos for drivers and bus and rail users.

Brits in areas hit by downpours should expect delays and cancellations to public transport, and flooding to homes and businesses.

FLOOD CHAOS

Twelve flood warnings are in place across England, from the Midlands to the North East, meaning immediate action is required.

Drivers were warned to avoid roads that are under water after heavy rainfall battered the country.

Towns and villages near the River Nene near Peterborough, Northamptonshire were being protected from flooding after heavy rains.

Water pumps were used to lower river levels at Mill Beck near Norton, but a risk of flooding of homes, roads and farmland remains, the Environment Agency warned.

And 65 flood warnings were issued for large parts of England, from Devon to Cumbria, with Brits warned to be prepare for more downpours.




The Met Office also issued yellow weather warnings for severe snow on Thursday and Friday in parts of northern England and Scotland.

Up to seven inches of snow are set to be dumped on parts of the UK in the coming days, forecasters have said.

Heavy snowfall is due to hit hilly parts of north east England and Scotland.

It comes after large swathes of the UK were left blanketed in snow last weekend.

Northern Scotland will see the temperature dip as low as -10 C tonight, but London is tipped to see a balmy 8C.

Temperatures will increase in most areas as milder air moves in from the Atlantic, causing a "battleground" as it combines with colder air in the north.


Parts of southern England and Wales could see "spring-like" weather, with temperatures rising as high as 14C.

Tom Morgan, a Met Office forecaster said: "More milder conditions are set to move in from the Atlantic on Wednesday evening and will lead to a sort of battleground with the cold air in the north.

"This will cause some of the rain and snow which will impact areas across northern England and Scotland.

"Northern Ireland will see around 30mm of rainfall, while parts of north-west England could experience flooding, as the ground is already very saturated and the rivers are higher than usual".

The Met Office said the UK had experienced its snowiest spell since late January 2019, when 20 weather stations in England recorded accumulations of 5cm or more for three days consecutively.

The Environment Agency had 12 flood warnings in place on Wednesday afternoon, stretching from the Midlands to the North East, meaning immediate action is required.

Mr Morgan also said those in Scotland and in areas around the Pennines will see heavy snowfall lasting until Friday.

He added: "Those travelling in snowy conditions should be wary of disruption to the roads and public transport, as much as 20cm could fall in the worst affected areas so people should be careful.

"Temperatures will be close to 0C in the coldest regions, while parts of southern England and Wales could reach spring-like temperatures, even as high as 14C.

"So there's quite a disparity depending on where you live".



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