Heavy snow and torrential rain to cause Easter Monday chaos with 170 warnings of floods across Britain
Heavy snow and torrential rain are set to cause chaos on Easter Monday with more than 170 warnings of floods across Britain.
The Met Office has warned heavy downpours could see cars stranded, trains disrupted and planes grounded on a day of predicted travel mayhem.
As of 8am today, 157 flood alerts and 16 flood warnings have been put in place across Britain by the Environment Agency as a band of heavy rain sweeps the country.
Five yellow weather warnings issued by the Met Office cover swathes of Britain today as snow and rain batters the country.
Heavy rain is forecast for most of Wales as well as in England and Northern Ireland, with up to 70mm expected to fall in the worst-hit areas.
Forecaster Marco Petagna said: “With this rainfall, we are certainly looking at some localized flooding in south-west England, Wales and Northern Ireland anywhere in the warning area.”
Meanwhile, much of northern England and southern and central Scotland is covered by snow warnings.
Temperatures dipped as low as minus 7C (19.4F) in the Scottish Highlands overnight while torrential rain moved in from the south and west amid milder conditions.
There were concerns that some rural communities could become cut off, mainly across the northern Pennines and Scottish Borders, with “significant accumulations” of snow forecast.
Mr Petagna added: “In terms of snow there could be travel problems on some Pennine routes and higher ground.”
Yesterday, forecasters said there was a chance of delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and disruption to rail and air travel.
Forecaster Helen Roberts said: “The main risk is rain, we have a number of warnings out at the moment, including a fairly large rain warning covering most of the country.
“It is going to cause problems for people traveling on Monday – there will be a lot of surface water on roads.
“Further north there is a snow risk overnight on Sunday with snow and sleet across the moors of England and hills and mountains of Wales.”
But Spring is at last in sight as temperatures are tipped to reach 15C on Tuesday.
Met Office forecaster Rachael West said: “Tuesday brings the first glimmer of Spring.
“We could see highs of 15C across central parts of England and Wales, which is a few degrees above average.
“But the outlook for Easter Monday is pretty dismal.”
A yellow snow alert is in force for parts of northern England and Scotland as the bank holiday weekend draws to a close.
“We are expecting some rain to turn into snow over high ground,” added the forecaster.
“We could see some very high accumulations at with 10 or perhaps 15cm which will see some very tricky conditions.”
Rural communities could become cut off, mainly across the northern Pennines and Scottish Borders.
Elsewhere the UK is facing treacherous driving conditions from surface water flooding.
Much of Wales, England, and Northern Ireland is covered by a yellow warning for rain with up to 70mm expected in some areas. Some 100 flood alerts are in place, with seven flood warnings.
The AA warned motorists to take extra care and said the bank holiday weekend is “likely to be one of the busiest on the roads in recent years”.