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Snow UK weather – Whiteout to last until Wednesday with more flooding hell on the way

BRITAIN will be blasted by up to 4in of snow today as temperatures plunge to -8C in the wake of Storm Christoph.

The Met Office issued yellow weather alerts for southern and central areas amid the bone-chilling big freeze.

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The whiteout is due to grip the nation until at least Wednesday when more rain is likely to drench the nation and spark further flood misery.

A Yellow weather warning will be in place today in Scotland while another three warnings for snow and ice will be issued starting tomorrow for the south of England.

A Met Office warning reads: “Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services with the potential for some roads to become blocked on higher level routes.”

Weather charts also show temperatures plummeting to -2C in London and much of the South East on Sunday. 

Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington said cold air from Iceland and the Arctic will bring with it "a mix of wintry hazards across the UK".

He said: "In clearer conditions, overnight ice will remain a hazard, while a band of snow is likely to bring falls of 1-3cm quite widely across central areas of the UK, particularly the Cotswolds and higher ground in the East Midlands on Sunday.

"But snow outside these areas is also a potential hazard."

According to the Met Office, a band of rain will cross the west of the south west of England on Sunday and turn to snow as it moves eastwards. 

Up to 3cm of snow could settle, but areas of the country above 100m could see as much as 5-10cm. Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia could see as much as 15cm.

Meanwhile, people are being urged to heed flood warnings into the weekend, with the Environment Secretary warning of the possibility of more "challenges" in parts of England due to wet weather next week.

The Environment Agency has warned of "exceptionally high river levels" following days of heavy rainfall in the wake of Storm Christoph, with hundreds of properties across the country flooded.

Residents in some areas along the River Severn have been advised there could be flooding into Saturday, with some levels peaking at heights similar to the February washout last year.

In Worcester, at-risk householders are being contacted by the city council and offered rest-centre accommodation.

Care home residents were among those evacuated in several areas across the North West, while, in Wales, a helicopter crew rescued a family trapped in their home due to fast-flowing floodwater.

River levels around Ironbridge in Shropshire were expected to peak at around 6.8m overnight.

In Bewdley, Worcestershire, the peak is expected early on Saturday, at a "slightly lower" level than February 2020, according to Dave Throup from the Environment Agency.

Rain is set to return next week, with the Met Office warning wet weather could "compound" the impacts felt in parts of the country already and Environment Secretary George Eustice saying it gives cause for concern at the potential for further flooding.

On a visit to Northwich in Cheshire, an area badly affected by the adverse weather, he said that authorities were "watching closely" as water moves through the river system, including areas in Yorkshire, such as along the River Don and parts of the River Aire.

He told reporters on Friday: "The thing that concerns us most is that late next week we are expecting more rainfall, that falls on wet, soggy ground.

"It is possible that we therefore could have some additional challenges in a week's time."

Chris Tubbs, deputy chief forecaster at the Met Office, said wet weather is likely to return from the middle of next week.

He said: "Once the certainty increases about which areas are most likely to be affected by potentially heavy rain, we may need to issue further warnings, especially if next week's rainfall is likely to compound the impacts from this week."

Two severe flood warnings, signifying danger to life, remained in place for the River Dee at Farndon and the Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Trevalyn Meadows on Friday night.

There were more than 100 flood warnings and a similar number of less serious flood alerts in place in England, and three flood warnings and eight flood alerts issued in Wales.

Local authorities in Wales will offer payments of up to £1,000 per household to support those affected by flooding, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said.

Heavy duty pumps were deployed to Greater Manchester after Storm Christoph lashed it with more than twice its average January rainfall in 48 hours.

Some areas in the region even saw their wettest January day ever.

Bolton was hit by nearly 7in of rain – more than double it's 3in average for the month.

Over more than a month’s rain fell in just 56 hours yesterday in hard-hit areas, turning rivers into raging torrents.

Two thousand homes in Didsbury, Greater Manchester, were evacuated and residents relocated to nearby leisure centres and hotels.

A massive sinkhole suddenly appeared in the road in Gorton, Manchester, bringing two homes crumbling to the ground.

And heavy rainfall prompted fears of a landslip in Slaithwaite, Yorkshire as a house was seen dangling on the edge of a bank on the River Colne.

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