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Flood fears as snow turns to rain

A library picture of Sutton upon Derwent, East Yorkshire, surrounded by flood water from the nearby River Derwent last year. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

More than 50 flood warnings and alerts are in place across the Calendar region today, as heavy rain mixed with melting snow marks the latest weather battle.

Rising temperatures of up to 12C have sparked a rapid thaw of the snow and ice which has built up in the recent cold snap, further exasperating potential flooding problems.

The Environment Agency has issued 5 flood warnings for Lincolnshire, north Derbyshire, and North and East Yorkshire, urging people to take immediate action against predicted flooding. Around 40 further flood alerts are in place across the rest of the region.

The beck in the village of Elvington near York has broken its banks although the road through the village is still passable. Credit: ITV Calendar

Calendar weather presenter Kerrie Gosney said: "The wet and windy spell came overnight last night and deposited quite a lot. At least two thirds of the snow cover has gone already."

Our weather is coming from the Atlantic, so the air is warmer but it's wetter and a series of low pressure systems on Monday into Tuesday will bring further wet and windy weather, where a further inch of rain could fall on each day.

– Kerrie Gosney, Calendar weather presenter
The M62 in West Yorkshire last night was almost a white out for drivers Credit: Viewer's photo

The latest heavy snow storms on Friday night into Saturday left hundreds of people stranded for hours on motorways in the north of England. Drivers reported "whiteout" conditions on the M62, and some spent hours in their cars trying to drive through snow which overwhelmed the gritted roads.

A family had to be evacuated when the gable end of their house collapsed, apparently under the weight of fresh snow in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. The couple and four children were not seriously hurt and were moved to emergency accommodation while builders made the house safe.

The gable end of the house in Barnsley is thought to have collapsed under the weight of snow. Credit: ITV Calendar