Flood warnings mount as Britain prepares for a colder spell

There are more than 100 flood warnings across the UK as cold and wet conditions are expected to persist well into next week.

The Environment Agency had issued 119 flood warnings and 192 flood warnings in England early Sunday morning, down from 98 warnings and 169 warnings on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Met Office had set up several amber alerts as mercury is expected to fall even further.

A warning for ice covering much of Scotland and the north-west and north-east of England suggests there could be “icy surfaces and snow at altitude which could make for difficult travel conditions in places on Saturday evening and Sunday morning”.

Expected “frequent wintry” snow showers have prompted the Met Office to issue a lengthy snow and ice warning for northern Scotland from Sunday to Wednesday.

The Met Office said: “A few centimeters of snow are likely to be at low levels in any given 24-hour period, with the potential for 10-15cm over 200 metres, particularly in parts of the highlands. Ice will be an additional hazard, especially on Tuesday night.”

Residents are urged to exercise caution as there may be some icy patches on some untreated roads, sidewalks and bike lanes, and some roads and railways are likely to be affected by longer travel times on road, bus and rail services.

The forecaster said: “By Sunday, most of Britain will be in the northerly airflow, with lower overnight temperatures spreading further south.

“Showers will increasingly fall as sleet and snow in the north, including at lower levels. Some showers further south and west and perhaps a more sustained spell of rain overnight into Monday could also turn to sleet and snow, mainly over high ground such as the Brecon Beacons, Exmoor and Dartmoor.

“Night frosts will continue to spread into Monday night, with overnight temperatures below 0°C across much of the UK. Temperatures can drop to -10°C in sheltered valleys or in high areas of Scotland where there is snow.”

Flood defences, including boarding, were previously deployed in York city centre.

York City Council said it took the measure to keep the area “safe and open” as it urged visitors to plan their travels in advance.

Rescue workers were seen using a boat to navigate the flood waters in central York after the River Ouse burst its banks.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/flood-warnings-increase-as-uk-braces-for-colder-spell-42287526.html Flood warnings mount as Britain prepares for a colder spell


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