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UK to be hit by BLIZZARDS as 30cm snow and 70mph winds follow floods

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BRITAIN is set to be hit by blizzards as 30cm of snow and 70mph winds follow in the wake of Storm Franklin.

The Met Office warns that even low levels around some parts can expect up to 10cm of snow while wild weather continues to hammer the UK.

Flood barriers hold back a swollen River Severn in Bewdley, Worcestershire

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Flood barriers hold back a swollen River Severn in Bewdley, WorcestershireCredit: SWNS
A West Midlands search and rescue team wade though flood water to survey a caravan site for occupants near Coalbrookdale

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A West Midlands search and rescue team wade though flood water to survey a caravan site for occupants near CoalbrookdaleCredit: Getty
Cars stranded in flood water in York, Yorkshire, after the River Ouse overtopped its banks

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Cars stranded in flood water in York, Yorkshire, after the River Ouse overtopped its banksCredit: PA

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson told The Sun Online a snow warning is in place for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland from 1pm on Wednesday until 3pm on Thursday.

He said there is a small chance of 70mph winds on the coasts of western Scotland and Northern Ireland but it’s more likely the winds will reach gusts between 50 – 60mph. 

Low levels up to 10cm of snow can be expected and 30cm on the higher ground of Scotland which are likely to see blizzards.

It will be blustery across England with winds reaching 30 – 40mph, but the Met Office isn’t forecasting snow to fall outside far northwest of the UK. 

He said: “It will be breezy, a bit windy, but nothing like what we’re seeing across western Scotland.”

There is another band of rain spreading southeast which is due Wednesday and Thursday but it’s expected to push through quite quickly and nothing “too significant” in terms of rainfall totals. 

It comes after parts of the UK suffered flooding over Sunday and Monday due to rain hanging around all day.

Wilson said this consistency is not expected through the rest of the week. 

The weekend ahead isn’t looking too bad across parts of the UK, but a northwest, southeast weather split is expected. 

Towards the south and the east there’s a fair amount of dry weather with lighter winds, but towards the northwest stronger winds with a greater chance of some rain. 

The weather is expected to settle around Friday when the winds will ease. 

Wilson said it will “turn a lot drier and brighter” but it might only be a short-lived, calmer spell for some parts.

Wilson said: “I think at the moment, we’re past the worst, there will be more rain around but not in a similar note to what we’ve seen in recent days.

“We will be keeping a close eye on it because some areas are quite sensitive to rain after recent flooding.” 

A major incident was declared earlier today and emergency evacuations began amid severe flood warnings.

Heavy and blustery downpours will continue to drench Britain for at least the next two days in the wake of Storm Franklin.

: River Severn bursts it's banks in Ironbridge this afterboon

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: River Severn bursts it’s banks in Ironbridge this afterboonCredit: Solent
The flooded Kings Arms pub in York

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The flooded Kings Arms pub in YorkCredit: LNP
The Old Boathouse is heavily flooded as the River Severn bursts its banks in Ironbridge, Shrops

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The Old Boathouse is heavily flooded as the River Severn bursts its banks in Ironbridge, ShropsCredit: Craig Thomas/News Images
Abandoned cars in a flooded car park in York after the River Ouse continued to rise overnight

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Abandoned cars in a flooded car park in York after the River Ouse continued to rise overnightCredit: LNP
A man looks out over the flood water from a taxi rank in York

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A man looks out over the flood water from a taxi rank in YorkCredit: LNP
A coach navigates the flooded Causeway, Sutton Gault, Cambridgeshire

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A coach navigates the flooded Causeway, Sutton Gault, CambridgeshireCredit: Terry Harris

There are two severe flood warnings, 116 warnings and 118 alerts in place in England as the wild weather sweeps in.

A further six warnings and 14 alerts cover Wales, while in Scotland there are two warnings and one alert.

The River Severn will bear the brunt of the lashings, where rising water levels pose a “significant danger to life” and residents are urged to “act now”.

Anyone living nearby has been told to move possessions and valuables off the ground or to safety, and to turn off gas, electricity and water.

Hundreds have already been evacuated, and the Met Office “strongly recommends” others move out from behind the defences due to the risk of their homes becoming engulfed.

Andrew Blair, landlord of the Royal Hill pub in Edgeley, Shropshire, said water was “above the hedges” and “everyone’s houses are filling up”.

The warnings have pushed police to declare “major incidents” in Worcestershire and Shropshire, with some told only to remain at home if they have enough food, water and medical supplies to last at least a week.

It follows the hammering of Storm Franklin which saw winds of 87mph recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight on Sunday night, and 79mph gusts in Capel Curig in Wales on Monday morning.

Storm Franklin may have cleared away and the weather looks calmer for much of this week, but it’s far from calm.

Alex DeakinMet Office meteorologist

While the worst of the storm – the third to batter the nation in a week – is over, there is plenty more “unsettled” weather to come.

Two yellow weather warnings for wind and snow are in force for south east Scotland and north east England from 6am tomorrow, with gusts of up to 60mph expected.

Then “frequent heavy snow showers” will hit Scotland and Northern Ireland on Wednesday, where there is also a chance of lightning, power cuts and danger to life from flying debris.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “Storm Franklin may have cleared away and the weather looks calmer for much of this week, but it’s far from calm.

“It’s still at times going to be pretty lively.

“The next weather system approaching will bring most of us some rain during the first part of Tuesday.

“It is going to be raining hard across western Scotland and Northern Ireland first thing on Tuesday, and a wet morning rush hour across north west England and north and west Wales.

“There will be rain at low levels, but over the hills there will be some snow mixed in.

“Then the next weather system coming in bringing rain across the north west, strengthening winds.

“Dry for much of England, but still blustery with the rain picking up once more on Wednesday.”

BLUSTERY CONDITIONS

The showers and strong gusts will bring “difficult driving conditions for many”.

Brits were yesterday urged not to travel, and further disruption is expected today.

Flights to Manchester Airport were diverted to London Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham, East Midlands, Newcastle and Dublin as strong winds meant it was too dangerous to land in the North West.

Gusts also paralysed train networks, with reduced services running since last week’s Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice.

All three storms left 1.4 million households without power, some for as long as 72 hours.

As of Monday, 30,000 remained in the dark, though UK Power Networks last night said 98 per cent of properties had had their electricity restored.

Further showers, wintry over higher ground, are expected tonight, with clearer conditions bringing rural frosts further south.

Then tomorrow, “frequent and blustery” downpours will lash the north, turning to snow by the evening.

And there is yet more rain forecast for Thursday and into the weekend, with “blustery wintry showers” in the north and west.

Mick Malkinson walks through flood water near his home in Tadcaster, North Yorks

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Mick Malkinson walks through flood water near his home in Tadcaster, North YorksCredit: PA
The River Ouse in York has burst its banks

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The River Ouse in York has burst its banksCredit: Jordan Crosby
A house surrounded by flood water in Ironbridge, Shropshire

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A house surrounded by flood water in Ironbridge, ShropshireCredit: Getty
High water levels of the River Great Ouse near Sutton Gault, Cambridgeshire

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High water levels of the River Great Ouse near Sutton Gault, CambridgeshireCredit: Paul Marriott

The latest weather misery comes after ferocious Storm Eunice killed four people and plunged millions of homes into darkness on Friday, and Storm Dudley wrecked homes and cars last week.

The treacherous conditions led to travel chaos, flight cancellations, power cuts and police forces being inundated with calls.

Train networks were plagued by flying debris – and there was extensive damage to buildings and homes with the roof of the O2 ripped off.

Two adults were forced to take refuge on the roof of their 4×4 and a relative had to rescue a baby from the back seat after it became stuck in floodwater during Storm Eunice.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said the vehicle became stranded after driving through a brook in the village of East Leake on Friday.

Katharine Smith, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Heavy rain, affecting already wet areas, is likely to cause significant river flooding along the River Severn until Wednesday.

“We have teams out on the ground taking preventative action, closing flood gates, deploying temporary barriers and moving pumps and other response equipment to areas of highest risk.

“While a handful of properties have sadly flooded over the past few days, Environment Agency defences have protected more than 40,000 properties despite record river levels.

“We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.”

Southend seafront in Essex floods after Storm Franklin hits the UK

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Southend seafront in Essex floods after Storm Franklin hits the UKCredit: �MI News & Sport Ltd
Residents in Bewdley, Worcestershire, are being strongly urged to evacuate their homes

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Residents in Bewdley, Worcestershire, are being strongly urged to evacuate their homesCredit: Alamy
The Vic Haddock boat house under water on the River Severn, Shrops

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The Vic Haddock boat house under water on the River Severn, ShropsCredit: PA
Flooding in Chester Street, Shrewsbury

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Flooding in Chester Street, ShrewsburyCredit: PA
A house cut off from the outside world near Castleford, West Yorkshire

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A house cut off from the outside world near Castleford, West YorkshireCredit: Ben Lack
A tree falls onto a 17th century thatched cottage in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

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A tree falls onto a 17th century thatched cottage in Ashby de la Zouch, LeicestershireCredit: PA
Flood defences at the River Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire, following a rare 'severe' warning

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Flood defences at the River Severn in Ironbridge, Shropshire, following a rare ‘severe’ warningCredit: PA
Houses starting to flood as the River Severn bursts its banks in Ironbridge

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Houses starting to flood as the River Severn bursts its banks in IronbridgeCredit: Craig Thomas/News Images
Strong winds blow down a large tree crushing four cars in Northampton

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Strong winds blow down a large tree crushing four cars in NorthamptonCredit: Alamy
The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for Bewdley, Worcestershire

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The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for Bewdley, WorcestershireCredit: Alamy
Huge waves crash in Brighton's Marina, East Sussex

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Huge waves crash in Brighton’s Marina, East SussexCredit: Alamy



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