Severe weather alert

Severe weather alert as Britain battered by 70mph winds, snow in the North and up to 3 inches of rain across the South.

Gale-force winds and snow battered Britain today disrupting road, train and ferry services – but the worst of the wintry blast is yet to come.
Snow fell across high ground from the north Midlands towards Scotland, with the Highlands particularly affected.

Elsewhere, winds of up to 70mph and torrential downpours were in force.

Meteorologists said it was unlikely that any region would escape the gloom, with parts of Wales and Scotland expected to bear the brunt of the bad weather, before it spreads east throughout the day.
And the longer term forecast fails to lift the dark skies, with storms expected towards the end of the week as well.

The Environment Agency has issued six flood warnings – four for the North East, one for the Midlands, and one for Wales, while 37 other flood ‘watches’ are also in place.

In the South East, heavy and thundery downpours are expected overnight

These have ‘the potential to produce accumulations of over 70 mm (2.75ins) locally by Tuesday morning’, the Met Office said.
Warnings of gale force winds and heavy rain were also given in Wales, along with heavy rain and heavy snow in parts of the north west of England.

A severe warning of heavy rain was also issued in south west England.
Rachel Vince, Meteogroup weather forecaster, said: ‘There is a deep low moving in from the north west bringing very strong and gusty winds across the whole of the UK.’

The windy weather will be accompanied by heavy rain that will spread eastwards throughout the day.

‘It is going to be a pretty horrible day,’ Miss Vince added.
The A93 Glenshee to Braemar road in the Grampian area of Scotland was closed due to drifting snow and high winds while motorists on the M74 near Beattock were advised to drive with caution due to snow in the area.

In Cumbria, six vehicles became stuck after five inches of snow forced a road to shut.

The Kirkstone Pass, the Lake District’s highest road, was closed between 8am and 1pm while council gritters and the police helped to free the trapped vehicles.

The road is now open but motorists are advised to stay away.
PC Paul Burke from Ambleside Police said: ‘It is the first snow of the winter, and it shows that winter has arrived.’

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