UK weather forecast: Met Office issues snow and flood warnings as heavy rain continues to lash Britain

Kate Ng
Flood water continues to surround Worcester city centre, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis: PA

The Met Office has put more weather warnings in place for snow, rain and floods across Scotland, while Wales braces for more heavy rain following two weekends of relentless wet weather.

A yellow weather warning for snow is in place across much of Scotland on Monday, from 6am till 9pm, with travel disruption likely to occur.

Forecasters warned that the snow may turn into rain in the south of Scotland while higher routes above 300 metres may see more significant accumulations of snow later in the day.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency still has 15 flood warnings and eight flood alerts in place.

The agency said in a tweet last week: “With rain and snow falling on saturated ground over the next few days, we expect river levels to remain high. This may result in flooding of low lying lands and local roads.”

Vehicles were stranded on Friday in Paisley and Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire and in Old Kilpatrick, West Dunbartonshire, as heavy rain flooded roads and forced some people to seek refuge from rising water on top of their cars.

The northbound M876 was forced to close at Broomage in central Scotland due to flooding.

A worker recovers stranded vehicles from flood water on the A761 in Paisley, Scotland (Getty Images)

There is also a yellow warning for “persistent, sometimes heavy rainfall” across mid and south Wales on Sunday, which authorities warn could lead to further flooding as the ground is still saturated following wet weather from storms Ciara and Dennis.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) urged people to take extra precautions. Jeremy Parr, head of flood incident and risk management at NRW said: “The forecasted rainfall will be much lower than last weekend but could still lead to flooding impacts as river levels recover from last week’s storm.

“We’re advising people to take extra care over the weekend, especially while travelling, and to stay up to date on the latest flood alerts and warnings by phoning Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or by checking our website.”

Forecasters said the unsettled weather is expected to continue into next week and warned of impacts from spells of heavy rain and strong winds.

Dan Suri, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: “A relatively deep area of low-pressure system on Monday provides a continuation of the extremely unsettled period the UK has endured.

“Despite reports to the contrary, this system hasn’t been named, and there is no plan to do so currently, despite some speculation on social media.

“With further rain in the forecast over the coming days, additional rainfall could create further challenges as river catchments are more likely to respond to extra rainfall more quickly. Flooding, especially in areas already heavily affected, remains a possibility.”

Across the rest of the UK, the Environment Agency still has 86 flood warnings and 182 flood alerts in place as officials warn more rain could lead to further flooding across the Pennines and parts of northern England, York and the midlands.

Caroline Douglass, the director of incident management at the EA said: “This will be the third weekend of exceptional river levels and stormy weather.

“With the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather like this.”

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