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UK weather forecast TODAY – Blizzards, snow, ice and flooding as Britain braces for blast of cold air from Europe

THE UK will face a barrage of miserable weather this week, as blizzards heavy rain and floods hit.

There are Met Office yellow weather warnings in place in Scotland for most of the week, with up to 40cm of snow forecast on Wednesday and Thursday.

Heavy rain will batter North-East England and southern Scotland which, when combined with melting snow dramatically increase the risk of floods.

The rest of the UK will remain mild, however, although there will be scattered showers throughout southern England.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Olivia Burke

    SNOW SHUT SCHOOLS AND LED TRAVEL CHAOS YESTERDAY

    Northern England felt the force of the snow yesterday as travel chaos erupted and hundreds of schools were forced to shut.

    Yorkshire was hit hardest, which even resulted in coronavirus vaccines being cancelled as residents were warned against non-essential travel.

    Roads were disrupted throughout parts of the North West and Derbyshire, and rail operator Northern warned travellers to expect widespread disruption as forecasters warned of risks of becoming stranded

    Motorists were stuck overnight on the M62 when a parcel lorry jack-knifed and blocked the westbound carriageway near Rochdale.

  • Olivia Burke

    WHAT TO EXPECT WITH A YELLOW WEATHER WARNING:

    • There is a small chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers
    • There is a slight chance that some rural communities could become cut off
    • There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected
    • Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer
    • Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer
    • Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible

    FLOOD WARNINGS ISSUED

    The Environment Agency has placed 45 flood warnings, which require 'immediate action' as well as 163 flood alerts across the UK.

    Most warnings are in place up until Sunday as rain and snow are set to sweep the nation.

    Scotland could see up to 15 inches of snow in some areas and heavy rain is set to cause further flooding in northern England.

    • Olivia Burke

      WINTRY WEEK LIES AHEAD

      Wintry conditions will persist for the rest of this week across Scotland and northern England, as cold air from Scandinavia pushes across the country.

      Some areas have already faced travel disruptions due to snow and ice, with a number of National Severe Weather Warnings issued for the coming week.

      The cold air has been sitting across the north of the UK for the majority of this week, yet warm, moist air from the Atlantic is pushing its way in from the Atlantic.

      Where the two air masses meet, rain turns to snow.

    • Ben Hill

      WEATHER TO BLAME FOR RAT PLAGUE

      Online traffic to rat and mouse advice pages jumped 37% last year compared with 2019, figures suggest.

      The number of rodent queries have risen over five consecutive years and were 37.3% higher in 2020 than in 2015.

      Experts suggest part of the increase can be attributed to warmer than usual weather, which can create favourable conditions for rats and mice to produce more litters in a season and survive the winters that naturally curtail numbers.

    • Ben Hill

      FORECAST FOR TONIGHT AND TOMORROW

      Tonight: Outbreaks of rain will continue across northern England and Northern Ireland during the evening and there will be snow across Scotland which will be heavy for a time and continue overnight.

      Further south will be mostly dry with clear spells however variable amounts of cloud cover will build.

      Tomorrow: Thursday will be a mostly cloudy day across with outbreaks of rain and drizzle across northern England and Northern Ireland. There will be sleet and snow across Scotland.

      Drier further south with sunny spells, the best of these for southern England. A chance of a few showers developing too.

    • Ben Hill

      AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES

      Strong winds threatening to fan a bushfire prompted Australia on Wednesday to urge thousands of people to leave their homes in Perth, complicating a lockdown after the state detected its first coronavirus infection in 10 months.

      The fire in Western Australia has destroyed a swathe of more than 9,000 hectares (22,240 acres) and 71 homes, the authorities say, in a reminder of blazes that destroyed millions of hectares of habitat in the country's east a year ago.

      As firefighters battled a blaze in steep, inhospitable terrain, authorities told residents of Bullsbrook, a suburb of 6,600 in Australia's fourth largest city, to ignore a stay-home order and leave immediately as hot, dry weather picked up.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      PICTURED

      Waves crash into the seawall at Aberystwyth, Wales.

      Credit: Alamy Live News
    • Niamh Cavanagh

      TODAY'S FORECAST

      Today, further wintry showers and snowfall will be affecting northern England and Scotland.

      There will be outbreaks of early rain across southern England which will clear during the day to reveal some spells of sunshine through the afternoon.

      Dry elsewhere with sunshine and cloudy periods.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      FORECAST – THURSDAY & FRIDAY

      Tomorrow there will be some sunny spells and showers across England.

      However, it will be cloudy further north, with further wintry showers and snow across northern England and Scotland.

      Friday will bring similar conditions with outbreaks of rain across northern Britain, wintry across Scotland.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      RIVER THAMES CAUSED FLOODING IN THE SURROUNDING AREAS IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

      Credit: Rex Features
      Credit: Rex Features
    • Niamh Cavanagh

      VISITORS TRAVELLING TO BEAUTY SPOTS SLAMMED FOR PUTTING LIVES AT RISK

      Visitors have been slammed for travelling to natural beauty spots in treacherous weather, putting their lives at risk.

      The concern of landowners has risen to a fever pitch after last weekend, where coastlines were battered by huge waves which breached flood defences along the South coast.

      Crowds of around 200 people were reported gathering to watch the powerful waves as they crashed along the Jurassic coast. They broke through flood defences at Chesil Beach, in Portland, Dorset. Three coastguard officers were also injured when they were hit by a freak wave.

      The owner of the Lulworth Estate, Dorset, whose land includes tourist hotspots like Durdle Door and Man O’War Bay, said: “It is always of concern that visitors come to Lulworth without appreciating the natural environment.

      “Tides and currents can be strong and extra care is needed when spring tides and high winds converge,” said James Weld.

      Several people were caught out last weekend as Man O’War Bay was battered by high spring tides and huge waves.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      MET OFFICE FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY MORNING

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      PICTURED

      Wild animals experience snow at Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, England.

      Credit: PA:Press Association
      Credit: PA:Press Association
    • Niamh Cavanagh

      MET OFFICE SHARES TIPS ON HOW TO STAY SAFE ON THE ROADS DURING HEAVY DOWNPOUR

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      FLOOD WARNINGS IN PLACE

      There are currently 42 flood warnings in place in England with another 146 alerts issued urging people to be prepared as flooding is possible.

      To see if your area is at risk click here.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      PICTURED

      The snow gives a bleak wintry look to the Scottish ancient Peel Tower built in the 15th century.

      Credit: Alamy Live News
      Credit: Alamy Live News
    • Niamh Cavanagh

      FORECAST FOR TONIGHT

      Further heavy rain for central Britain, snow confined to highest Pennine routes.

      Snow more prevalent parts of south and east Scotland, perhaps heavy.

      Wintry showers in far north.

      Drier further south before heavy rain reaches southern coastal counties of England.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      FORECAST FOR TONIGHT

      Further heavy rain for central Britain, snow confined to highest Pennine routes.

      Snow more prevalent parts of south and east Scotland, perhaps heavy.

      Wintry showers in far north.

      Drier further south before heavy rain reaches southern coastal counties of England.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      WEATHER WARNINGS IN PLACE FOR REST OF WEEK

      There are yellow weather warnings in place across the UK from today until Sunday.

      It's a mixture of rain and snow warnings for the northern parts of Britain early in the week while snow warnings dominate in Scotland at the end of the week.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      WEDNESDAY'S FORECAST

      Tomorrow further wintry showers and snowfall will be affecting northern England and Scotland.

      There will be outbreaks of early rain across southern England which will clear during the day to reveal some spells of sunshine through the afternoon.

      Dry elsewhere with sunshine and cloudy periods.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      WEDNESDAY'S FORECAST

      Tomorrow further wintry showers and snowfall will be affecting northern England and Scotland.

      There will be outbreaks of early rain across southern England which will clear during the day to reveal some spells of sunshine through the afternoon.

      Dry elsewhere with sunshine and cloudy periods.

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      SNOW TO CONTINUE ACROSS THE NORTH THIS EVENING

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      OUTBREAKS OF SNOW TO CONTINUE THIS EVENING

      Outbreaks of snow will continue across northern hills this evening.

      Further south bands of heavy showery rain will help to thaw lying snow, the Met Office said.

      Meanwhile the far north of Scotland remains cold with clear spells and further wintry showers.

    • Chiara Fiorillo

      SCHOOLS CLOSED BECAUSE OF SNOW

      Schools are closed in parts of the UK today after snow blanketed the North and Midlands.

      Schools are shut in much of Yorkshire, Cumbria, and Greater Manchester. Derbyshire has also seen closures.

      Click here to find out where schools are closed

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