UK weather forecast – Over 200 flood warnings in place after snow blankets Britain in chill Arctic blast

MORE than 200 flood warnings are now in place across the UK with 82 warnings in England alone.

Kayakers took to the roads in Norfolk in an attempt to traverse water-logged streets on Sunday.

The Environment Agency warned: “There continues to be a severe risk to life due to the challenging conditions.”

Parts of England, Northern Ireland, most of Scotland and much of Wales have been slapped with yellow weather warnings.

For the southern England and Wales, further warnings have been put in place for Wednesday and Thursday.

Snow had already fallen in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and England by Sunday afternoon and more snow came today after temperatures dropped to -3C in some parts.

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

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TOMORROW?

    Sunny spells and wintry showers.

    Showers mostly affecting coastal parts whilst many inland areas become dry and sunny.

    Cold.

    (Met Office)

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WINTRY SHOWERS AHEAD THIS EVENING

  • Catriona Graffius

    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    Clear spells and scattered wintry showers are expected tonight with the heaviest showers hitting coastal areas.

    Sleet, snow and rain will affect northern, eastern and then central England.

    A widespread frost with cover Britain with some icy surfaces developing.

    Sunny spells and wintry showers will arrive on Tuesday.

    Showers will mostly affect coastal parts whilst many inland areas could become dry and sunny – if cold.

  • Catriona Graffius

    HORSES GALLOP THROUGH SNOW AS BRITS DELIGHT IN WINTER WONDERLAND

    Horses were pictured galloping through snow at Sam Drinkwater's Granary Stables in Upper Strensham, Worcester today.

    Large swathes of Britain were covered in a festive dusting of snow today with many taking advantages of the rare weather to go sledging in the winter wonderland.

    Elsewhere the snow sparked travel disruptions with trains being cancelled and icy conditions on roads.

    Police in the midlands cautioned Brits not to travel unless absolutely essential.

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  • Catriona Graffius

    OVER HALF UK'S ELECTRICITY GENERATED BY WIND POWER ON BOXING DAY

    Despite the bad conditions across the UK, gales meant that for the first time ever more than half of Britain's electricity was generated by wind power on Saturday.

    According to energy firm Drax, 50.67% of the country's power was produced by wind turbines on Boxing Day.

    On Sunday, 1,300 homes near the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire were evacuated on Sunday as Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson said 40 properties had been damaged.

  • Catriona Graffius

    OVER 200 FLOOD WARNINGS IN PLACE ACROSS BRITAIN

    Over 200 flood warnings are in place across Britain.

    Kayakers took to the roads in Norfolk in an attempt to traverse water-logged streets on Sunday.

    And there are now 229 flood warnings across England.

    The Environment Agency warned: “There continues to be a severe risk to life due to the challenging conditions.”

  • Catriona Graffius

    COPS WARN AGAINST TRAVEL AS SNOW AND FLOODS HIT UK

    Police in the Midlands have warned they should only take to the roads for essential trips after heavy snow hit Britain today.

    Cars were abandoned and roads shut in Stoke-on-Trent after up to 3in of snow fell and rail services have also been disrupted.

    Authorities in Staffordshire and Gloucestershire urged people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

    A Met Office yellow warning of snow and ice for much of England and Wales and parts of Scotland remains in place until 10:00 GMT on Tuesday.

  • Catriona Graffius

    SNOW SWEEPS ACROSS BRITAIN

    Most of Britain was blanketed with snow today as temperatures are expected to plunge to -3.

    The Met Office has issued snow and ice warnings for most of the UK for the next few days just hours after Storm Bella battered the country.

    Parts of England, Northern Ireland, most of Scotland and much of Wales have been slapped with yellow weather warnings.

    For the southern England and Wales further warnings have been put in place for Wednesday and Thursday.

     

  • Catriona Graffius

    LONDON WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR REST OF WEEK

    Tomorrow will be a cold day with wintry showers sweeping in from the north.

    Wednesday morning will be chilly and dry with light winds, but an area of rain and sleet is expected to push in from the west in the afternoon.

    Some snow could even drift into the capital late on Wednesday.

    By Thursday morning it should be dry with sunny spells, but there is a chance of wintry showers pushing down from the north on New Years' Eve.

    Friday will be cold with bright spells and one or two showers.

  • Catriona Graffius

    FLOODING CONTINUES ACROSS BRITAIN

    The river Ouse continues to rise in York leading to heavy floods.

    Snow and ice warnings are in place for much of the UK heading into the bank holiday, including as far south as London, as vast swathes of the country are braced for a cold snap in the aftermath of Storm Bella.

    It comes as around 100 flood warnings remain in force in England, along with 190 less serious flood alerts.

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  • Catriona Graffius

    WILL IT SNOW TOMORROW?

    The Met Office says frost and icy fog will be around tomorrow, but snow will vary across the country.

    They said: "Showers still affecting coastal areas in the north, east and west. Many inland counties seeing plenty of sunshine but cold: frost early and late, perhaps the odd freezing fog patch."

    Large swathes of London, the Midlands, the south, south west plus the east of England and Wales have also been warned that snow and ice could hit on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Hana Carter

    MIXTURE OF RAIN, SLEET AND SLOW

    The Met Office said: "Today will be a cold afternoon across the country with a mixture of rain, sleet and snow in parts of southern England and Wales.

    "Wintry showers continuing around coasts and across Northern Ireland, with very strong winds in the far west."

    For the rest of the country it will be sunny.

  • Hana Carter

    WARNINGS FOR SNOW AND ICE ACROSS MOST OF THE UK

  • Catriona Graffius

    THETFORD IN NORFOLK SEES FLOODING FOR FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS

    Thetford town centre in Norfolk has been flooded for the first time in 50 years after the River Thet burst its banks.

    Snow and ice warnings are in place for much of the UK heading into the bank holiday, including as far south as London, as vast swathes of the country are braced for a cold snap in the aftermath of Storm Bella.

    It comes as around 100 flood warnings remain in force in England, along with 190 less serious flood alerts.

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  • Catriona Graffius

    LET IT SNOW

    Most of Britain was blanketed with snow this morning as temperatures are expected to plunge to -3.

    The Met Office has issued snow and ice warnings for most of the UK for the next few days just hours after Storm Bella battered the country.

    Parts of England, Northern Ireland, most of Scotland and much of Wales have been slapped with yellow weather warnings.

    Snow had already fallen in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and England by Sunday afternoon, while more than 100 flood warnings were in place across England following days of stormy conditions.

  • Catriona Graffius

    WILL THE SNOW SETTLE?

    Today, some areas have already seen the snow settle.

    People in Keele, Staffordshire, headed out today with sleighs and thick coats to make the most of the rare weather.

    Birmingham and Worcestershire also saw inches of powdery snow.

    In Scotland, the ground is entirely white in some places.

    However, in the south, settling snow could be random.

  • Catriona Graffius

    WILL IT SNOW TOMORROW?

    The Met Office says frost and icy fog will be around tomorrow, but snow will vary across the country.

    They said: "Showers still affecting coastal areas in the north, east and west.

    "Many inland counties seeing plenty of sunshine but cold: frost early and late, perhaps the odd freezing fog patch."

    Large swathes of London, the Midlands, the south, south west plus the east of England and Wales have also been warned that snow and ice could hit on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Catriona Graffius

    UK SNOW MAP

    This weekend saw Storm Bella hurtle across the UK with winds of up to 106mph.

    In some places, it left homes in floods and darkness, and in others frost and snow made an appearance.

    Parts of the West Midlands, north west of England and Scotland have seen snow today.

    Snow has already blanketed landscapes in Scotland and Cumbria.

    Temperatures dropped to -3c in the South East today leaving light snowfall in places. Find out what you need to know about today's snow here.

  • Catriona Graffius

    BRITS GET STUCK INTO SNOW

    Families dreaming of a White Christmas had their wish granted – if a few days late!

    Brits in Kidderminster woke up this morning to find a significant snowfall.

    By 9:00am families were out making the most of the festive weather.

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  • Catriona Graffius

    2021 WILL BE COOLER – BUT STILL ONE OF SIX WARMEST YEARS

    UK Met Office scientists have predicted that 2021 will be cooler around the world, but is still expected to be one of the top six warmest years.

    The La Niña weather phenomenon will see temperatures climb down but researchers say the world will likely be around 1C warmer than the pre-industrial era.

    It will be the seventh year in a row close to or above this mark.

     

  • Catriona Graffius

    SNOW WARNING COVERS MOST OF WALES

    A Met Office warning for snow and ice on Monday morning now covers most of Wales.

    The forecasting service had issued a yellow warning for parts of north Wales on Saturday, but that now covers most of the country.

    Welsh weather presenter Derek Brockway said that pinpointing what areas will see snow has been difficult.

    He said: "Looks like some parts of Wales will wake up to a dusting or covering of snow.

    "However, pinning down detail, even at this relatively late stage, is proving tricky with differences amongst the models."

  • Catriona Graffius

    LONDON WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY

    London woke up to cold temperatures this morning – and the afternoon is expected to be cold and quiet with plenty of cloud and a few brighter spells.

    It is expected to be dry this afternoon.

    Tonight, will be cold with more cloud but some clearer spells will develop from time to time. Winds will be light.

  • Catriona Graffius

    HEAVY SNOW HITS MANCHESTER AS DRIVERS URGED TO TAKE CARE

    Heavy snow has hit parts of Greater Manchester, with drivers urged to take care.

    A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is currently in place across the city until 6pm.

    On Sunday night, drivers were caught in tailbacks on the M6 after adverse weather conditions caused several crashes.

    And a thick layer of snow has already covered the M60 west near Sale and Barton Bridge this morning.

    Traffic cameras have shown the motorway is covered in snow and ice.

  • Catriona Graffius

    WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR JANUARY 2021 AS SNOW EXPECTED ACROSS MANY AREAS

    After weeks of turbulent weather, the beginning of January will continue to have unsettled conditions with spells of rain, sleet and snow likely across many areas.

    The Met Office has reported that "significant accumulations of snow are likely" over higher ground, but also said there was a chance of snow occurring over lower-level areas.

    Northern parts of the UK may see drier more settled periods of weather in the first ten days of January.

    At times weather will be windy, particularly in western parts.

    Temperatures are likely to be low and bringing a risk of frost, ice, and freezing fog.

  • Catriona Graffius

    BRITAIN BLANKETED WITH SNOW AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE TO -3C

    Most of Britain was blanketed with snow this morning as temperatures are expected to plunge to -3.

    The Met Office has issued snow and ice warnings for most of the UK for the next few days just hours after Storm Bella battered the country.

    Parts of England, Northern Ireland, most of Scotland and much of Wales have been slapped with yellow weather warnings.

    In Manchester heavy snow fell overnight and this morning, causing several crashes on the M6 last night – resulting in motorists caught in tailbacks.

    This morning, a thick layer of snow has coated the M60 west near Sale and Barton Bridge.

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