UK weather – Three days of snow to hit in -7C blast after weekend washout with 280 flood alerts in force

BRITS are set to be battered by three days of snow in a -7C blast following a weekend washout with 280 flood alerts in force.

The Met Office have issued a yellow snow and ice warning for the majority of England next week – bringing up to 10cm of snowfall and further travel disruption.

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There are already three yellow warnings in place on Saturday for ice, snow, and rain – as Brits are battered by all winter weather extremities.

But Monday will bring heavy snowfall from Newcastle toReading – cutting off rural communities and causing wide-scale traffic disruption.

Southwestern England, including Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, and Torbay, will be lashed by heavy torrents tomorrow – leading to flooding and transport disruption.

A band of heavy rain will move north-east across the area during Friday night, with some heavy rainfall following from the south on Saturday afternoon.

Up to 50mm of rain is expected to fall during the day until 8pm- especially along the south coast of England.

Parts of Essex, Cambridgeshire and York have already been battling major flooding – with roads cut off as nearby rivers burst their banks.

Over 230 flood alerts are in place across England today, with a further five in Wales, and two in Scotland – meaning Brits should be prepared for flooding.

And there are nearly 60 flood warnings – meaning immediate action is required – in central and northern parts of the country.

In Wales, the West Midlands, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, up to five inches of heavy snow is expected to fall this weekend.

Rain will turn from sleet to snow during the course of Saturday morning – with the potential for eight inches of snowfall on higher ground in the Brecon Beacons.

Some rural communities could become cut off in the heavy snow, with some disruptions to power and mobile phone coverage also likely.


In eastern and central Scotland, as well as eastern England, there is an ice warning in place – bringing difficult driving conditions, icy patches, and freezing temperatures.

Wintry showers will also spread inland from the North Sea to eastern areas overnight.

On Saturday a further band of rain – linked to Storm Justine – will affect southern England and South Wales bringing downpours.

And looking forward to next week – the snow and ice weather warning is in place from Monday night until Wednesday night.

The cold blast will hit with temperatures potentially dipping as low as -7C.

The Met Office said: "Snow, with a risk of widespread ice, is likely to push slowly northeast from late Monday, bringing difficult travel conditions.

"As well as snow, a period of freezing rain is possible for parts of east Wales and the West and South Midlands.

"Snow should turn back to rain from the south, lasting longest across parts of northern England."

Neil Davies, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Despite the treacherous conditions, we protected more than 49,000 homes and businesses across England from flooding during Storm Christoph, but with river catchments now extremely wet and sensitive to further rainfall on saturated ground, we have to remain vigilant to further flooding this winter.

“Our teams are out on the ground checking defences and clearing grilles and screens to make sure we are prepared for the next band of wet weather.”

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