Flood warnings after snow

The Environment Agency has issued more than 100 flood alerts today, covering large parts of central and southern England, following overnight snowfall.

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Over 100 flood alerts issued across UK

The Environment Agency has issued more than 100 flood alerts today, covering large parts of central and south England.

Twenty-three more serious flood warnings have been placed in areas of the south-west and the Midlands.

However, the agency said on its website that the forecast risk of flooding across England and Wales is "very low".

There is no heavy rain forecast for today, but the rain from yesterday may have saturated ground and the snow melt could add to this.

– MeteoGroup forecaster


Snow prompts fears of rush hour disruption

Parts of the country will be waking up to snow this morning, prompting fears of ice and disruption during rush hour.

There has been quite a lot of snow overnight, the worst affected areas are northern England down through to the Midlands and towards the south-east, and of course Scotland.

Everywhere will see a covering, with most places seeing between one and two inches, but it won't be surprise if some areas get more than four inches.

There are reports of nearly four and a half inches in High Wycombe, and even up to an inch in London.

The snow will linger in the early morning before slowly easing and being replaced by rain in many places.

The snow will thaw quickly so shouldn't cause much disruption.

– Nick Prebble, a forecaster for MeteoGroup

Flood alerts in place despite wintry weather

The Environment Agency has issued more than 100 flood alerts. Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has begun to increase the number of flood alerts across the UK. The agency has issued 12 flood warnings, where flooding is expected and 106 flood alerts, where flooding is possible after wet weather caused several isolated instances of flooding across the UK.

To find out what to do when it floods, visit the Environment Agency website.


More than 2cm of snow expected overnight

Fresh snow on a farmhouse near Carrshields in Northumberland, after more heavy snow. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

A senior weather forecaster with MeteoGroup has said that snow has begun to fall across the UK. Paul Mott from the weather division of the Press Association said:

"We are starting to see some snow in the south Midlands and over the hills of Surrey. There was snow earlier today over parts of Scotland and north-west England, mostly over the hills.

"We expect to see snow over northern parts of southern England, north of London, up towards the Midlands, and North Wales, and there are likely to be 2cm-5cm of snow in places overnight."

Travel disruption fears as snow begins falling across UK

Snow began falling in parts of southern England this evening, prompting fears of ice and disruption in the Monday morning rush hour.

Heavy snow falls in Northumberland. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

There was expected to be a covering of up to 6 cms (2.4 ins) in some areas. The falls are expected to stop by tomorrow morning, but the accumulations could cause disruption for commuters.

More light flurries are predicted for tomorrow and Tuesday, after which the week is expected to turn milder.

More snow brings fear of disruption across UK

A burst of snow is likely to cover much of Britain today Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A burst of snow is likely to cover much of Britain today, with ice and disruption probable in several regions.

Nick Prebble, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said:

"A band of light rain will move from the south-west in a north-eat direction over north England and west Scotland.

"This will linger before turning to quite a significant fall of snow in the early evening, pretty much everywhere will get a couple of cms of snow, and up to six cms on higher ground, including the Pennines and Scottish mountains.

"The south-west of England, south-west of Wales and Northern Ireland will be the only areas to miss the snow.

"There is the potential for more heavier snow, but it is going to be quite disruptive anyway."

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